Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Amid the power sharing tussle with the BJP, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said that he, along with other party leaders, will meet the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday at 5 pm and request him to invite the single largest party to form the government in Maharashtra.

“We will request them (Governor) to first invite the single largest party to form the government and then give chance to other parties,” Raut told Marathi TV channel.

Maharashtra Governor office also confirmed this and said Raut will meet the Governor on Monday at 5.00 pm.

“Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, along with other senior party leaders, is scheduled to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 5 pm tomorrow,” the office of Maharashtra Governor told news agency ANI on Sunday.

The development comes at a time when the BJP and the Shiv Sena are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the equal distribution of Cabinet portfolios and the term of chief minister's post for 2.5 years each.

While the Shiv Sena is insistent on the implementation of the ‘50-50’ formula, which it claimed was decided prior to the polls, the BJP claims no such deal was signed between the two parties.

Earlier in the day, Raut had also claimed that the Shiv Sena has the support of 170 MLAs and is capable of forming the next government in Maharashtra, without the support of the BJP.

"We have more than 170 MLAs supporting us, the figure can even reach 175," he said while addressing a press conference in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Sunday said that Raut dropped a text message to him.

"This is the first time after elections that he has contacted me. I do not know why he messaged me. His message reads 'Jai Maharashtra Saheb, I am Sanjay Raut'. I will call him in a while to know about it," Pawar had said.

In the recently concluded polls in Maharashtra, the BJP emerged as the single largest party by winning 105 seats while the Shiv Sena has got 56 seats in the 288-member assembly.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma