As the political stalemate in Maharashtra over formation of new government entered 14 th day on Thursday, Shiv Sena has called for a meeting of its newly elected legislators which will be addressed by party chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence in Bandra, while the BJP will be heading to meet the Governor of the state.
After the meeting, the Sena MLAs are likely to be taken to a hotel in South Mumbai, sources have revealed.
Amid all speculations, the Bharatiya Janayta Party will remain on the active front. After Shiv Sena’s meeting, BJP Maharashtra unit president Chandrakant Patil and senior party leader Sudhir Mungantiwar will meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, along with other senior leaders at 2 pm. After this, he will also address a press conference in the premises of Raj Bhavan.
It is speculated that the party which is likely to meet the Governor and stake claim to form government.
Shiv Sena has decided to take its MLAs to Hotel Trident Nariman Point, apprehending a possible horse-trading of MLAs.Raut denies shifting of MLAs:
Sena leader Sanjay Raut hiwever, later denied the reports of shifting of MLAs to hotel and said "there is no need for us to do this, our MLAs are firm in their resolve and committed to the party. Those who are spreading such rumours should worry about their MLAs first."
Addressing a presser, he then asserted that the new CM will be from his party Shiv Sena. He said that the party which prove smajority will only form the government.The deadlock:
The tenure of the present Assembly ends in two days and a special three-day session of the House may be convened next week to swear in the new MLAs.
The BJP and the Sena are locked in a standoff over the post of chief minister in new government and sharing of ministerial portfolios.
In the recent assembly polls, the BJP emerged as the single largest party by winning 105 seats in the 288-member House. The Sena won 56.
Claiming that the BJP had agreed to a "50-50" formula on power sharing in the state, the Sena has demanded that the top seat should be shared between the two.
Meanwhile, NCP leader Pawar has said on Wednesday that the mandate for his party and its ally Congress is to sit in opposition. It is for the BJP-Sena to form the government, he added.