Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday ruled out the possibility of making a comeback in Maharashtra politics and said that the ongoing impasse between the BJP and Shiv Sena over government formation would be resolved soon.
“I am in Delhi… There is no question of my returning to state politics. The political crisis in the state will be resolved soon,” the senior BJP leader told reporters in Nagpur, amid speculation that he is a contender for the post of a consensus chief minister.
He also asserted that the new government in the state will be formed soon under the chief ministership of Devendra Fadnavis with the support of the Sena. “Talks between Shiv Sena and BJP are heading in right direction,” he told reporters.
Ahead of his meeting with Mohan Bhagwat, Gadkari said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief should not be linked with the political impasse in Maharashtra.
“It won’t be appropriate to link the RSS chief to the goings on (over government formation),” he said.
With less than 48 hours left before the tenure of the current Assembly ends, the two warring allies are yet to arrive at a consensus over the chief minister’s post, with the Shiv Sena adamant on a ’50-50′ formula.
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today chaired a meeting of all the party MLAs where the legislators reiterated that the formula of “equal sharing of posts and responsibilities” agreed upon before the Lok Sabha polls should be implemented.
“The Sena MLAs passed a resolution authorising Uddhavji to take a final decision regarding government formation,” party legislator Shambhuraje Desai told reporters after the meeting ended.