Sena plays hardball; seeks written promise from BJP over power sharing

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Sena plays hardball; seeks written promise from BJP over power-sharing

The Shiv Sena on Saturday demanded a written assurance from ally BJP that it’ll implement the formulation for equal sharing of power in Maharashtra, whereas opposition Congress stated the Uddhav Thackeray-led occasion ought to discover “alternative arrangement”.

Newly-elected MLAs of the Sena, who met occasion chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence right here, demanded that his son and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya be made chief minister.

Uddhav Thackeray stated on the assembly that he had “other options open” however was not concerned about exploring them because the BJP and Sena had been sure by “Hindutva ideology”, a Sena MLA informed PTI.

The MLAs met Thackeray two days after the occasion gained 56 seats, seven lower than in 2014, within the Maharashtra elections. The Sena has extra leverage now because the BJP, whose tally got here down from 122 in 2014 to 105, wants it extra to achieve the midway mark of 144.

“Shiv Sena contested much less variety of seats within the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. Uddhav Thackeray has stated the BJP ought to give a written assurance about implementing the power-sharing formulation arrived at within the presence of (BJP chief) Amit Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about equal sharing of seats and power,” Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik informed PTI after Saturday’s assembly.

Discussions on formation of presidency can happen after the BJP provides the reassurance, Sarnaik added. “The Sena chief told us that he had other options open but he was not interested. He told us that the BJP and Sena are bound together by Hindutva ideology,” the MLA added.

Elsewhere, NCP chief Sharad Pawar dominated out his occasion supporting the Sena to maintain the BJP away from power. “This is not an option before us. People have asked us to sit in opposition. We have accepted that mandate,” Pawar stated after state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat met him at his residence at Baramati in Pune district.

Congress chief Vijay Wadettiwar, who was the Leader of Opposition within the outgoing Assembly, nevertheless, stated to cease the BJP different events ought to come collectively.

“The mandate for the Congress is to perform the role of opposition. But to stop the BJP, we need to come together. Shiv Sena has to come forward. The Sena should come forward for an alternative arrangement as the popular mandate was against the BJP,” he stated.

Earlier, Congress leaders Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan had stated the occasion ought to take into account all choices to maintain the BJP out of power. The NCP and Congress have gained 54 and 44 seats, respectively, within the 288-member House.

There are voices inside the Sena demanding that Aaditya Thackeray, 29, ought to change into chief minister. Aaditya is the primary member of his household to contest and win an election. He gained from Worli in Mumbai. On the day of verdict, Uddhav had reminded the BJP of fifty-fifty formulation for power sharing which he stated was agreed upon by Shah and Fadnavis forward of the Lok Sabha polls.

According to sources, the formulation contemplates the put up of CM rotating between the 2 events. On the opposite hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and

Shah all the time projected Fadnavis because the face of the ruling alliance in the course of the ballot marketing campaign. 

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