New Delhi, Nov 7 : BJP believes that being a national party, it has got a birth right to seize the post of chief ministership even if it is in alliance with regional party in a state and this time- Shiv Sena has taken an aggressively stern stance to make the chief minister of his party and Sanjay Raut on Thursday challenged the BJP to go ahead and form the government in Maharashtra alone if it has the numbers and said Constitution of India is not the Saffron party’s property.
“If you met the Governor then you should have given a list of 145 MLAs supporting. You have not given this to the governor as you don’t want anyone else to form the govt. This is against the Constitution. If you have the mandate then form the govt. The BJP’s stand, ‘I will not form the government and will not allow anyone else to form the govt’, is an old game. This is Constitution of the country and not your fiefdom” Sanjay Raut said.
With Shiv Sena remaining firm on rotation of the chief minister’s post, the BJP has failed miserably to make any headway do far and now BJP President Amit Shah comes into picture as there are immense fears of Sena MLAs being poached by BJP, which has become the culture and character of the party.
Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said that the Amit Shah-led party should approach him only if ready to give Sena the CMs post. Thackeray chaired a meeting of Sena’s new MLAs for over an hour, during which the legislators reiterated that the “equal sharing of posts and responsibilities” formula agreed upon before the Lok Sabha polls should be implemented.
“If you (BJP) have the numbers then they should form the government. If you don’t have the numbers then admit it. The (Indian) Constitution is for the people of this country, it is not their (BJP’s) personal property. We know the constitution well. We will elect the chief minister of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra constitutionally,” he asserted.
Reiterating Shiv Sena’s position, Raut said that the next Mahrashtra chief minister will be from his party.
“People gave the mandate for the alliance, not alone for the BJP… There’s no change in Sena’s stand on government formation,” he said.
“We have the numbers to make our own chief minister, we don’t need to show that here, we will show that on the floor of the house. We have alternatives, we don’t speak without options and alternatives,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters here.
A delegation led by state BJP President, Chandrakant Patil met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and discussed the political situation of the state.
Chandrakant Patil said, “The mandate is for ‘Mayayuti’. “
Raut said, “Then why don’t you stake claim to form the government? They are saying that there would be Chief Minster from BJP. If Mayayti got the mandate, then people also have voted for the things which were discussed between BJP and Shiv Sena.”
“There is a delay in government formation. Today, we met the Governor to discuss the legal options and political situation in the state,” he said.
The BJP expanded its base in Maharasht due to its alliance with SHIv Sena.
The BJP won 105 seats while Shiv Sena bagged 56 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.
On the other hand, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that Shiv Sena was not promised the chief ministerial post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was sealed before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The term of the Assembly ends on November 9. The onus is on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to act if no party stakes claim to form the new government in Maharashtra.
By Arti Bali