Maha CM post tussle: BJP, Shiv Sena meet governor separately today


(Online Desk)

Amid the ongoing row over who will be the next chief minister of Maharashtra, BJP and Shiv Sena leaders meet Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari separately today.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis met the governor around 11 am, a delegation of Shiv Sena leaders, led by Diwakar Raote, met him at Raj Bhawan at 10.30 am.

According to reports from both the parties, the meet was a courtesy visit that takes place every year after Diwali.

Speaking to media after meeting the Governor, the Shiv Sena leader said, “Since a very long time, I visit Raj Bhawan to meet the Governor on every Diwali to extend my wishes so I came here to give him Diwali wishes today.” Raote further added he “did not hold a discussion regarding any political issue.”

The question over who will be the new chief minister of Maharashtra persists following the Assembly polls win.

Immediately after the Maharashtra assembly election results were announced on October 24, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had reminded BJP about the ’50:50′ power sharing formula.

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won an absolute majority in the Maharashtra assembly polls with the former emerging as the single largest party in the state with 105 seats. Shiv Sena, on the other hand, bagged 56 seats in the elections.

Meanwhile, it is gathered that the BJP could muster 10 of its partymen who contested as rebels and won as independents support, besides another two independents, could take their total tally to 117.  The Sena, which could win just 53 as against 63 in the past polls, too managed to rope in two smaller parties members to take their tally to 55.

In that backdrop, senior BJP leaders wonder, how can Sena justify their demand for either CM post or 50:50?  “We expect better sense prevails upon the Sena leadership and give up their ‘rigid’ stance as such ‘blackmailing tactics’ cannot be acceptable to the BJP,” a Senior leader of that party said on condition of anonymity.

Party chief and Home Minister, Amit Shah, who is expected to meet the legislators meet to ensure Fadnavis get elected as party floor leader, is too reluctant to meet Sena leadership at this juncture as the govt formation has enough time – till Nov 9.  Instead, the BJP central leadership chose to ‘wait and watch’ policy as their erstwhile ally cannot afford to severe relationship and go either with NCP or Congress or both together, and stake claim to form the government as that would prove ‘disastrous’ to them and not to their party.