- BJP and Shiv Sent are locked in power tussle over the post of Chief Minister
- Shiv Sena is adamant on 50-50 formula.
- Shiv Sena MLAs have also put forth their demand that Aaditya Thackeray should be made the Chief Minister for 2.5 years.
The Bharatiya Fanta Party(BJP)and the Shiv Sena are holding separate meetings with governor of Maharsahtra amidst the tussle prevailing over the formation of government in the state.
While Diwakar Roate of Shiv Sena met Governor Bhagat Sigh Koshiyari at 10:30 am, Chief Minister of Devendra Phadnavis met him at 11am.
After meeting the governor, Diwakar said,”This was just a Diwali meet. From 1993, I have been coming to meet the governor and his family and wished him on Diwali.”
“It just that I got appointment little early so I am here. No political talks at all,” he said. after couple of minutes Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis also arrived at Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
The news of meeting being conducted amidst the feud over the chief minister post in Maharashtra. The alliance formed by Shiv Sena and BJP have won the elections with clear majority. Bharatiya Janta Party has 105 MLAs while Shiv Sena has 56 MLAs.
On Saturday, the newly-elected Shiv Sena MLAs have put forth their demand that both the parties run the government of Maharashtra for two and half years each. The MLAs of Shiv Sena have demanded that Aaditya Thackeray should be made the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for 2.5 years.
‘In our meeting, it was decided that like Amit Shah had promised 50-50 formula before General elections. Similarly, both the parties should get an opportunity to run the state for 2.5 years each,” Thane city Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik told news portal.
However, BJP seems not enthused. Mr. Fadnavis had repeatedly said during campaigning that he would return as the Chief Minister of the State.
In the campaigning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah had endorsed for Devendra Fadnavis.
Shiv Sena won 56 seats, which were seven less than in 2014, in the house containing 288 members.
Shiv Sena has more leverage now as the BJP, whose tally has deteriorated from 122 to 105, needs to cross the halfway mark of 144.
Both the leading parties are now trying to seek support from MLAs of independent parties, to score over other in battle of political oneupmanship.
The numerical strength has increased which lead to rise in bargaining power at a time when both the parties have intensified the political negotiations to form the government in the Maharashtra.