Tussle for Maharashtra CM post continues : BJP, Shiv Sena to meet Governor separately

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Mumbai, Oct 28: Shiv Sena is not going to back-down from its demand of the chief minister’s post for party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya Thackeray for a period two-and-a-half years and BJP is adamant on having its chief minister for full five year term and as the power tussle between the allies are on, a Shiv Sena delegation led by Diwakar Raote is expected to meet Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari shortly, after which the BJP’s candidate for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will meet him separately.

The official word is that the delegations are meeting the Governor to exchange Diwali greetings. The two parties, who contested the Assembly elections together and secured 161 seats in the 288-member house.

BJP is not assuring its ally Shiv Sena of a rotating chief minister. Shiv Sena has been asserting to have its chief minister and gained more leverage after BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly and the Shiv Sena ended up with 56. As the BJP’s tally dipping from 122 in 2014, the Sena has even hinted at the Chief Minister’s post, suggesting a two-and-a-half year rotation between the parties.

The Sena has sought an arrangement where a Chief Minister each from the two parties will split the five-year term and wants an assurance from the BJP leadership in writing. Many Sena MLAs want party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya Thackeray to be Chief Minister for two-and-a-half years

The BJP, which has sought to play down differences, is dependent on the Sena – and the Sena knows this – to form a stable government. The party has said differences will be resolved through negotiations.

Fully aware of the dependency, the Sena has begun playing hardball, with party chief Uddhav Thackeray stepping up demands on the BJP to honour a 50:50 agreement made with Union Minister Amit Shah earlier this year.

“The important question is who will be Chief Minister? When Lok Sabha elections were held we decided on 50-50 formula. Chandrakant Patil (Maharashtra BJP chief) raised some issues… we can only tolerate so much. If the need arises Amit Shah-ji should come here to carry out what was decided earlier,” he said.

The Governor has to invite the single largest party to form the government and the Sena-BJP pre-poll alliance won a clear majority – 144 is the half-way mark — with the BJP as the single largest party.

The BJP is planning to stake claim after its newly-elected MLAs elects its legislature party leader. It will then have to prove its majority on the floor of the house.

If BJP remained adamant on having it’s chief minister then the Sena may ask NCP- Congress for support .

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