Sena ‘resorting’ to politics, BJP meets Governor… Maha heading for Prez Rule?

Mumbai: With 24 hours to go before the tenure of the current tenure of the Assembly ends, the impasse in Maharashtra politics to form the Sarkar continues. In fact it has deepened further.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday passed a resolution authorising party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take a “final decision” on government formation in Maharashtra.

After the meeting of the Sena MLAs at Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’, all the legislators were shifted to Rangsharda Hotel amid the ongoing uncertainty over government formation and fear of switching sides.

As the power tussle between the BJP and the Shiv Sena continues over the chief minister’s post, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar along with other senior party leaders met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to discuss “legal aspects” of the delay in the formation of a government in the state after the October 21 elections. Addressing reporters after the meeting, Patil said they informed the governor that the people of Maharashtra have given the mandate for Mahauti (Grand alliance).

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena remained adamant on the CM post. Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “There will be Sena CM. There is no change in the stand of Sena. Uddhav Thackeray will not break the alliance. The Sena chief has been saying this since October 24. It is up to the BJP now.”

He also asked that if the people’s mandate was for the ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance), why the BJP was not staking claim to form the government. Raut, however, denied Sena MLAs being taken to a hotel.

“The Mahayuti (BJP-Sena alliance) has won a clear majority and based on that, a government should have been formed. We discussed with the Governor the implications and legal options in the circumsances,” said Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil, adding that the party leadership would decide on the road ahead.

The BJP has refused to concede the Sena’s demand for a time-share on chief ministership in a “50:50 deal” Uddhav Thackeray says was discussed with BJP president Amit Shah.

At today’s meeting, Uddhav Thackeray reportedly asked MLAs why he would “waste 15 days” if he wanted to accept anything less than the chief minister’s post.