With no end to deadlock over power sharing between the BJP and Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar Friday said the state may head for President’s rule if the new government is not formed by November 7. The tenure of the existing Legislative Assembly ends on November 8.
“A new government will have to be in place within the stipulated time, or else the President will have to intervene. President’s rule will be imposed if the government formation doesn’t happen in the given time,” the BJP leader told a TV channel.
Mungantiwar also said that the delay in talks between the two parties was due to the Diwali festival and that discussions will resume in a day or two.
The minister, however, said the main hurdle in the talks was the Sena’s demand for chief minister’s post for 2.5 years.
Asked if the BJP would accept the demand, Mungantiwar said, “We have already named Devendra Fadnavis.”
He expressed confidence that the formation of a new government will take place soon.
“We at the state level will sit together to find a way to resolve the deadlock. If necessary, the central leadership of BJP will intervene,” he said.
The BJP leader also said that the party’s alliance with the Sena is as intact as before.
“People of Maharashtra have given mandate not to any party but to the Mahayuti (alliance comprising BJP, Shiv Sena and other parties),” he said.
“Out alliance is stronger than Fevicol or Ambuja Cement,” he added.
Reacting to Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s comments on government formation, Mungantiwar said, “Just like the BJP, the Sena also wants the government to be formed at the earliest. We fought the election as an alliance. The issue here is not of Sena or BJP, but the people of Maharashtra.”
(With PTI inputs)