Maharashtra govt formation: Amid ongoing tussle over the power-sharing arrangement between the coalition partners in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray cancelled the meeting with the BJP supposed to be held today, October 29, in Mumbai. The decision to cancel the meeting on the formation of the new government was taken by Thackeray, following Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ denial of the 50:50 formula as demanded by the Shiv Sena.
The BBP was to be represented by Union Minister Prakash Javdekar and senior leader Bhupendra Yadav. Sanjay Raut and Subhash Desai were supposed to represent the Shiv Sena. Right from the announcement of Maharashtra assembly election results, the Shiv Sena has been demanding rotational chief minister’s post.
The Shiv Sena has been insisting that the BJP promised them the equal distribution of power before joining the hands. When the poll results were declared last week, the party leaders started demanding BJP to keep the promise allegedly made by the BJP leadership. Surprisingly, the Shiv Sena demanded assurance that too in writing from Union Home Minister Amit Shah or the CM that the top post will be equally shared between the two.
Both the parties easily crossed the majority mark of 145 by winning 161 seats in the 288-member assembly but failed to stake a claim for the government formation so far. The Shiv Sena also made public a video clip on the power-sharing agreement between both the two. In the video, Fadnavis could be seen saying that both the BJP and Shiv Sena agreed to equal sharing of posts and responsibilities once they retain the power.
The Shiv Sena has hardened its stance with its legislators demanding Aaditya Thackeray be made CM. He is the first from the Thackeray family to contest elections and win. Earlier in the day, Raut warned the BJP saying there were other options before the party, indirectly referring to the formation of a government with the support of Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.