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Maharashtra will have Shiv Sena CM, says Raut as power tussle with BJP continues

Raut's statements came a day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray appeared to signal that he was prepared to explore other options.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 1, 2019 3:19:11 pm
Shiv Sena MP Raut says Maharashtra will have CM from his party Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. (Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

The power-sharing tussle between the BJP and the Shiv Sena deepened on Friday as senior leader Sanjay Raut asserted that Maharashtra will have Chief Minister from the Sena, news agency PTI reported. He said there have been no talks yet between the two warring allies on the government formation.

“No ultimatum to the BJP (on government formation). They are big people,” said the Rajya Sabha MP, adding that if the Sena decides, it can get the required numbers to form a stable government in the state. He also said that people have given the mandate to form the government on the basis of “50:50 formula”.

Earlier in the day, Raut in a tweet said, “Sahib, don’t feed your arrogance…many Alexanders have drowned in the ocean of time.”

Raut’s statements came a day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray appeared to signal that he was prepared to explore other options. While insisting on an “equal power-sharing” formula with the BJP, Uddhav declared that he was in touch with Congress and NCP as well.

READ | Maharashtra govt formation: In touch with BJP, Congress & NCP, says Uddhav Thackeray

The Indian Express learnt from Sena functionaries and legislators present at a meeting called to elect the party’s legislative leader that Uddhav said he wants “equal power-sharing”, including for the CM’s post, “as was decided before the Lok Sabha polls” with BJP.

“The equal power-sharing formula was decided before Lok Sabha polls between me, (BJP national president) Amit Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. We want things to be as was decided and nothing more than that,” Uddhav had said at the meeting.

At the meeting on Thursday, Uddhav is also said to have expressed his displeasure over Fadnavis’ remarks that no equal power-sharing formula was decided ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and asked Sena legislators to watch a video of the chief minister addressing the media in February after forging the alliance with Sena. “He can be seen talking about equal power-sharing formula. We just want them to keep their word,” said Uddhav.

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In the recently-held state polls, the BJP won 105 seats, while the Sena got 56 in the 288-member assembly. The NCP  won 54 seats, while Congress secured 44 seats. The Maharashtra House has 288 MLAs and 144 MLAs are required for a simple majority.

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