Tug of war: SS-BJP locked over CM post, ministerial portfolios
Even 13 days after the Assembly polls were declared, BJP and Shiv Sena (SS) are yet to reach a consensus over sharing of Chief Minister’s post and ministerial portfolios despite jointly winning 161 seats in the 288-member House which was much above the required 145 marks to form a government. While the BJP won 105 seats, SS won 56. The NCP won 54 and Congress 44 seats. The results were declared on October 24.
Senior SS leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday, however, said that there was a consensus between the BJP and SS even before the Maharashtra assembly polls on the contesting posts and that the CM would be from his party. He said that the political direction of the state would depend on the steps initiated by the ‘outgoing’ CM Devendra Fadnavis.
He also said that there were no fresh proposals exchanged between the two parties on the issue and expects the implementation of what was decided upon and there was no point in wasting time on new proposals.
Speaking about the possibilities of President’s rule in the state, the SS leader said that ‘those conspiring to do this are insulting people’s mandate’. Also, speaking about the possibilities of extending a friendly hand to the NCP, Raut snubbed it off saying Sharad Pawar will not be the next Chief Minister of the state.
Meanwhile, on Monday, CM Fadnavis met Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi to discuss crop loss in Maharashtra. He later told the media persons that a government will be formed in Maharashtra soon.