Maharashtra | BJP Fails to Stake Claim: Shiv Sena

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The Shiv Sena on Saturday needled its warring ally BJP, which has failed to stake claim to form a government in Maharashtra, apparently due to lack of numbers, even a fortnight after the assembly poll verdict.

The Sena and the BJP are locked in a bitter dispute over the sharing of chief ministership in new government. The dispute took turn for worse on Friday with caretaker chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray criticizing each other of the issue of rotational chief ministership.

The Sena in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana said that in Goa and Manipur, the BJP had shoved away single largest parties and formed governments. It is an open secret that this was done with the active cooperation of governors. But in Maharashtra, despite being the single largest party, the BJP is not staking a claim.

The editorial once again appealed for the formation of a government at the earliest.

The Sena further stated, “What about the decisions taken regarding sharing of power when the alliance was formalized? The BJP continues to say no assurances were given over sharing of power.”

However, Fadnavis on Friday resigned as the chief minister blaming the Sena for rebuffing all attempts to form alliance government.

Fadnavis rejected the Sena’s claims that the BJP had agreed to share the chief minister’s post with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party in the event of both the parties coming to power again.

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