MUMBAI (Maharashtra): After 12 days of the impasse over the government formation in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis met the core committee of Maharashtra BJP, along with party’s national general secretary V Satish on Tuesday.
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The BJP clarified that if Shiv Sena comes up with a proposal with terms of forming the government, it is willing to discuss it.
“Voters have given a mandate to the BJP-Shiv Sena grand alliance, but to form the government, we haven’t received any proposal from the Sena. We are ready to have a discussion. Our doors are open to them,” Maharashtra state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil told media after the meeting.
Good news regarding government formation can come at any moment, Maharashtra Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar told reporters after a meeting of state BJP core team at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ official residence in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Girish Mahajan has said the party was not ready to discuss sharing of the chief minister’s post with the ally Shiv Sena, and Devendra Fadnavis will become the next CM.
Mahajan, a senior minister in the outgoing state cabinet, also rejected Sena’s demand for a ‘written assurance’ before talks for government formation started.
“We have decided that Devendra Fadnavis would be the chief minister for the next five years. BJP is ready to hold talks with Sena over other portfolios,” he said.
“We are not India and Pakistan for the talks to be held amid such animosity. Leaders of both the parties can meet and work out the power-sharing formula. There is no point in demanding such things in writing,” the BJP leader said about Sena’s demand for written assurance.
Earlier, on Monday, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in Mumbai on Monday, while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis flew down to Delhi to meet BJP president and Union home minister Amit Shah.
Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP, along with party minister Ramdas Kadam, met Governor at the Raj Bhavan on Monday evening, and said, “The Governor informed us that there is some time for government formation. He said that any political party with the majority can come forward and form the government”.
On the same day, Fadnavis, after meeting party president Amit Shah in New Delhi, said that “there is need to form a government in Maharashtra at the earliest” and that he is “confident that the government will be formed.”
Refusing to comment on the deadlock, the Chief Minister said, “New power equations are being raised in Maharashtra every day. But I don’t want to comment on the situation. I can only say that the new government will be formed soon.”
He did not specify whether the Sena will be part of the government.
Raut, responding to speculation that the Sena may support the BJP if Fadnavis is not made the Chief Minister, said, “We have not made any such demand, nor have we heard of any such thing.”
Sources disclosed that the BJP, which has offered deputy CM post to the Sena, could agree to give some key portfolios in the government as demanded by it ally but will not part with the CM’s post.
Reacting to comments made by BJP leaders after a meeting of the saffron party’s state core team in Mumbai, Raut also said the imposition of President’s rule will be an insult to people of Maharashtra.