Maharashtra Government Formation highlights: The BJP in Maharashtra must not compel the Shiv Sena to explore other “alternatives” by not fulfilling the latter’s demand for a ’50-50′ power-sharing formula, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Monday. “Uddhav Thackeray has clearly said we will wait for the BJP. But don’t compel us to look for other alternatives. We don’t want to commit that sin,” Raut told NDTV.
The Shiv Sena MP also said the saffron party will have to stick to its promise made before the elections. “You can set fire to the Mantralaya (ministry), like they set fire to the Mantralaya to destroy files, but this agreement on power-sharing, how will you delete it,” he told the news channel.
Raut’s remarks came hours after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote met Governor Bhagat Singh at Raj Bhavan Koshyari separately in Mumbai. However, the BJP and Shiv Sena, which are tussling with each other for the post of chief minister of the state, maintained that it was a “courtesy meet” to exchange greetings for Diwali festival. After winning the elections together, the BJP is keen to continue with Devendra Fadnavis as the CM, whereas the Sena is seeking “equal sharing of power” ahead of the government formation. The BJP is learnt to have offered the Deputy Chief Minister’s post to its ally in Maharashtra.