Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday ruled out any possibility of him assuming the role of chief minister of Maharashtra, and said a decision will soon be taken on government formation, and since the BJP won more number of seats than the Shiv Sena, the chief minister will be from his party.
He was talking to reporters after landing at Nagpur airport on Thursday morning.
“BJP is the single largest party and we have chosen Fadnavis as party leader in Maharashtra. It is natural that the CM should be from the largest party. I am sure we will form government in the state with Shiv Sena,” Gadkari said.
He denied reports that he could be the choice for CM’s post. “There is no question of me coming to Maharashtra. I am working in Delhi,” he said.
To another query, he said, “RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat or the Sangh have no relation with all this. It won’t be appropriate to link the RSS chief to the goings on (over government formation).”
Amid the impasse over government formation, farm activist Kishore Tiwari, who joined the Shiv Sena ahead of the Assembly polls, recently said Bhagwat should depute Gadkari to resolve the power-tussle between the BJP and the Sena. He said people were worried over the Sangh’s “silence” on the issue.
Gadkari said the BJP and Sena have got people’s mandate to form the new government and very soon a decision will be taken.
“The BJP has won 105 seats, obviously the chief minister will be of the BJP. The party that has won more seats in Assembly polls will have the chief minister’s post,” he said.
But Gadkari said he was hopeful that the deadlock between the BJP and Shiv Sena will get resolved. “Maharashtra will have the BJP-Sena government under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis. The mandate is for ‘yuti’ (grand alliance), so there will be some solution to the deadlock,” he said.
Later in the evening, Gadkari shared the dais with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at a programme, organised to pay tributes to a late RSS activist, Vilas Fadnavis.
(With inputs from PTI)