TWELVE DAYS after results of state polls were announced, BJP on Tuesday finally offered to hold open discussions with ally Shiv Sena over power sharing, but at the same time made it clear that there would no compromise on post of chief minister. The Sena hit back saying there would be no talks if BJP refuses to part with the CM’s post.
After a meeting senior BJP leaders at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s residence Varsha in Mumbai, state party president Chandrakant Patil said, “Voters in Maharashtra have given the mandate to BJP and Shiv Sena and therefore, we will form the government. Sena has not given any proposal for forming the government from its side… they will give us a proposal as early as possible. For holding discussion the proposal, BJP’s doors are open 24 hours.”
Making it clear that there will be no compromise, Patil said the government will be formed only under Fadnavis’s leadership.
BJP leader Girish Mahajan, who was also present at the meeting said, “We are trying to hold talks with the Sena but Matoshree is not responding. For the last 12-13 days, Sena has refused to talk with us. We have been making efforts to hold discussions since a day after Diwali. However, they haven’t turned up ,” he said.
“Sena leader Sanjay Raut has demanded that our promise (of equal power sharing) should be given in writing… Why should it be given in writing or orally? We are not Hindustan and Pakistan… We should discuss and sort out the issue,” he added.
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