Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: As the tussle over the government formation in Maharashtra continues, the Shiv Sena on Sunday compared the BJP with German dictator ‘Adolf Hitler’ and said that the state is not a ‘slave’ of New Delhi.

The Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece Saamana, said that the state does not want a ‘BJP Chief Minister’ and the party is not ready with talks with Devendra Fadnavis. “Shiv Sena is not ready for talks with outgoing CM Fadnavis. This is their defeat,” Shiv Sena said in its editorial.

The party also claimed that PM Modi had declared Devendra Fadnavis as the chief ministerial candidate immediately after the results of state assembly election were announced.

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“However, Fadnavis could not take oath despite having blessings from Delhi as the next CM as Home Minister Amit Shah remained isolated from the events in Maharashtra,” it said.

“Shiv Sena, which is the largest party of the 'Mahayuti', is not willing to talk to the outgoing Chief Minister, is the biggest defeat of the BJP,” said Shiv Sena while asserting that its chief Uddhav Thackeray will decide who the chief ministerial candidate will be this time, adding that NCP president Sharad Pawar's role in the scenario will be ‘crucial’.

Uddhav’s son Aaditya Thackeray on Sunday night also meet the party’s MLAs at a resort at Madh Island in suburban Mumbai. The Shiv Sena has shifted most of its 56 MLAs to a hotel in suburban Malad, apparently to guard them against ‘poaching’ attempts by the BJP.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor on Saturday asked the BJP, the single largest party in the new Assembly, to "indicate the willingness and ability" to form government, creating hope that the 15-day- long political impasse in the state will end.

Keeping this in mind, the BJP’s core committee will meet today to discuss the future course of action.

In the recently concluded assembly polls in Maharashtra, the BJP and the Shiv Sena alliance secured a comfortable majority but the two allies are now locked in a tussle over Sena’s demand of sharing the chief minister's post and ministerial berths in the state.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma