Mumbai: In a bid to resolve the ongoing power tussle between them, a delegation each from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena will meet the Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyarion Monday. Devendra Fadnavis from BJP and Diwakar Raote from Shiv Sena will meet the Governor separately.
While speaking to media, a senior BJP leader revealed, “Although no agenda has been fixed, government formation will certainly be discussed. The CM may brief the governor on the current political situation, particularly the possibility of staking claim to form the next government.”
“Raote too will present his party’s views, particularly the decision taken at the meeting of Shiv Sena legislators with party chief Uddhav Thackeray,” he added.
Ever since the Maharashtra election results were declared, alliance partners Shiv Sena and the BJP have come at loggerheads regarding the much talked about 50-50 power-sharing formula in the state.
Shiv Sena has stated clearly that it wants the BJP to share the Chief Minister’s post. On Saturday, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray went on to demand a written assurance from the BJP that both the parties will share the CM chair for 2.5 years each.
Political pundits suggest that a weakened seat count of the BJP has given an upper hand to the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. In recent elections, BJP won 105 seats compared to 122 in 2014.
Even Shiv Sena’s seat count went down to 56 from 63 in 2014, however, the party stays adamant that it wants one of its leaders as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Aaditya Thackeray, who recently secured his maiden electoral win from the Worli seat, is being mooted as the favourite Shiv Sena candidate to be the CM.