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Maharashtra power tussle: Sena cancels BJP meet after Fadnavis denies sharing of CM’s post

The development came within hours of Fadnavis' presser in which he denied that the Sena was ever promised the CM's post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was formalised before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 29, 2019 8:46:10 pm
Maharashtra: Shiv Sena still in hunt for CM’s post, BJP likely to offer Deputy CM Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray. (File)

The power-sharing tussle between BJP and its bickering ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra deepened Tuesday as Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray cancelled his party’s meeting with the saffron party on the formation of the next government, news agency PTI reported.

The latest move came after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis denied that the Shiv Sena was assured post of the CM for 2.5 years as part of a power-sharing “formula”.

A senior Sena leader, according to PTI, said the meet was scheduled to be held here at 4 pm but was cancelled by Thackeray after the CM’s statement on sharing of power. The meeting was to be attended by Union minister Prakash Javadekar and senior Sena leaders.

“Union minister Prakash Javdekar and party leader Bhupendra Yadav were supposed to attend the meeting to start discussions on formation of the next government from the BJP side, while the Sena would have been represented by Subhash Desai and Sanjay Raut,” the Sena leader was quoted as saying by PTI.

In a press conference, Fadnavis denied that the Sena was ever promised the CM’s post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was formalised before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Sena, on the other hand, insisted that the 50:50 formula on sharing of power was “agreed upon” between Thackeray, BJP chief Amit Shah and Fadnavis ahead of the Lok Sabha polls this year. The Sena had demanded a written assurance from the BJP for implementing “equal formula for sharing of power” before holding talks on staking the claim to form the next alliance government in the state.

Ever since the BJP’s tally fell in the recently-held assembly polls, results for which were announced on October 24, the Sena has been pushing for a rotational chief ministership between the two parties for a period of 2.5 years. Last week, Sena MLAs had demanded that Thackeray’s son Aaditya, a first-time legislator, be made the chief minister.

In the elections held for the 288-member House, the BJP won 105 seats, a loss of 17 seats compared to its 2014 tally. The Sena’s tally also came down to 56 seats from 63 in 2014. A resurgent NCP won 54 and the Congress bagged 44 seats.

With PTI inputs

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