New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Shiv Sena has again indicated that they are the reason why the BJP can form the government in Maharashtra, as the Maratha political giant on Sunday said that it now has the ‘remote control of power’ in the state despite getting fewer seats in 2019 as compared to 2014 assembly polls.

The term ‘remote control’ was first garnered limelight during the first alliance government of BJP and Shiv Sena between 1995 to 1999, when the late party patriarch Bala Saheb Thackeray to explain the chain of command in the dispensation.

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The two parties who fought the 2019 assembly elections together are in the middle of tough negotiations after the bigger ally BJP garnered lesser seats as compared to the seats it got in 2014 assembly elections.

After the results of polls conducted on October 21 were declared on October 24, the BJP and Shiv Sena reportedly caught in a scuffle over the CM as the latter pitched the demand for making Aaditya Thackeray the Chief Minister. After negotiations, Sena chief agreed upon the 50-50 formula decide prior to the polls with the BJP.

Shiv Sena’s demand also includes a written assurance from the BJP on "equal sharing of power", which could possibly include equal division of the chief ministerial tenure.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in his column 'Rokhthok' in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', said, "The Sena won fewer seats this time, 56 compared to 63 in 2014, but it has the remote control of power. The dream that the Shiv Sena will drag itself behind the BJP is busted (after poll results). A cartoon showing a tiger (Sena's identity) holding a lotus (BJP's symbol) in its hand tells a lot about the current scenario. Not taking anyone for granted is the message".

Lashing out at its ally further, he wrote, "The BJP's strategy of contesting 164 seats and winning 144 of them was rejected by voters. The election result is the defeat of unethical thoughts of increasing the tally by getting key Congress-NCP leaders to join the BJP, by luring them or threatening them."

He also hits out at the choice of BJP to give the ticket to the turncoat Udayanraje Bhosale in the Satara bypoll, and said that his defeat was a message to those who thought they could do anything to win the polls.

Udayanraje Bhosale joined the BJP from NCP after winning 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Satara, necessitating a bypoll, in which he lost to NCP’s Srinivas Patil.

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Sanjay Raut also said that the people in rural areas did not like the comments against NCP leader Sharad Pawar, where the opposition party has fared up a good show.

"The Shiv Sena stopped the BJP's plans of forming a government on its own in the state in 2014. In 2019, it was Sharad Pawar who did the same," Raut said.


(With inputs from PTI)

Posted By: Talib Khan