‘Won’t Blink First,’ but has support Over 170 MLAs : Shiv Sena

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Maharashtra, Nov 3: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut claimed that his party has the support of more than 170 MLAs and the figure can even reach 175, while challenging the BJP to impose President’s Rule in the state or prove its majority on the floor of the house.

“With 54 MLAs of NCP, 44 Cong MLAs and few independents, we can reach majority. The Sena can present its own Chief Minister and for that, 3 parties with independent ideology should form policies which are acceptable to all,” the article added. The BJP has won 105 seats and the Sena 56 in the 288-member house.

In the editorial in Saamna, the party declared that the Shiv Sena will not “blink first” but said that it has other options if the BJP was not ready to meet its demands . Claiming with the help of Congress and the NCP, and said with a few Independents, they can reach majority.

Amid the tussle between BJP and Shiv Sena over power sharing and in the wake of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threatening President’s rule in Maharashtra if government is not formed till November 7, Uddhav Thackeray decided to meet farmers who suffered losses due to heavy rains, in Aurangabad district and assure them his party will do everything to compensate farmers whose crops are damaged due to natural calamities.

Raut said, “Shiv Sena has more than enough support in the state Assembly to form the government in the state.”

While speaking to media, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut claimed that his party has the support of more than 170 MLAs in Maharashtra and by a rough estimate, it could also reach 175.

Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has asserted that it will respect the people’s mandate and is happy to sit in the Opposition. However, its ally Congress has hinted that it is open to holding discussions about a potential alliance with Shiv Sena.

Elsewhere, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi lambasted Shiv Sena and BJP over the rift for power. He asked, “What is this 50-50? Is this a new biscuit? How much 50-50 will you do? Save something for Maharashtra’s public. They (BJP and Shiv Sena) are not bothered about the destruction rain has caused in Satara. All they talk about is 50-50. What kind of ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ is this?”
Shiv Sena has been vehemently demanding a 50-50 share of ministerial berths in Maharashtra cabinet with sharing of Chief Minister’s post for 2.5 years each being the bone of contention.

The party said in 2014 they had accepted all conditions set by the BJP.

“So everyone is expecting Sena to do the same even now. But Uddhav Thackeray made it clear within 8 hours that it won’t be possible this time around. The Sena will not blink first,” the Saamna editorial read.

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