New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the ongoing bitter power tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena, Senior leader Sanjay Raut reached out to Ajit Pawar--a leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) after the Sena gave an ultimatum to the saffron party. The Sena on Sunday declared that it would go for an alternative option if its demand for a 50:50 division of Chief Ministerial post is not fulfilled, reported Saamna.

"I have received a message from Sanjay Raut a while ago. I was in a meeting so didn't respond. I don't know why he has messaged. Since the results were declared, this is the first time he has messaged me. I will call him in a while and talk to him," Ajit Pawar told reporters.

The Shiv Sena leader also added that any decision on the partnership can only be taken by Sharad Pawar. The latter is expected to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday-- a move that gives an indication of alternate combination including the NCP and Congress.

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In the morning editorial of Sena's Saamna, the party had dared the BJP to implement President's rule in the state and prove its majority on the floor test. The BJP won 105 seats and emerged as the single largest party in the state while Shiv Sena won 56 assembly constituencies.

"If BJP fails to prove majority on the floor of the house, then Sena as the second-largest party will claim to form the government," Saamna quoted Raut as saying.

Meanwhile, the BJP has made it clear that it would share the Chief Minister's post while NCP chief Sharad Pawar said his party would take a positive view if Sena is ready to form the government without the BJP.

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