Even NCP ponders from where Shiv Sena will get it’s mythical 170 MLAs; ‘Not from NCP or Congress’, says Pawar

The Shiv Sena in Maharashtra has seemingly centered itself into the unncessary tussle for power in state involving the Bahartiya Janata Party and the Congress-NCP. While the Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut claimed that the new CM of Maharashtra would be a Shivsainik, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar today the BJP and Shiv Sena should form government in state instead of plunging it into a constitutional crisis.

This is after Raut met the Sharad Pawar for the second since the BJP-Sena feud following the Maharashtra election results on October 24. Also the Sena ministers joined a meeting with CM Fadnavis and other ministers on crop damage in Maharashtra later today.

Responding to Raut’s claim that the Sena has the support of 170 members, more than the majority mark of 145 in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, Pawar made it clear that the calculation did not include his party and the Congress. “Even I want to ask Sanjay Raut how he will get 170”, he said turning the set tables.

“Where is the question of a Shiv Sena-NCP government? They (BJP-Shiv Sena) are together for last 25 years,today or tomorrow they will come together again. There is only one option, which is that the BJP and Shiv Sena should form the government. There is no other option other than this to avoid President’s rule”, he said.

He reiterated that the NCP and Congress had the mandate to sit in opposition. “People have told us to sit in Opposition. We have 54, you can’t form government with that. The Congress position on Shiv Sena is consistent,” the NCP leader said.

The BJP has rejected any talk of Devendra Fadnavis, its Chief Minister, sharing the post with the Sena. The opposition NCP, Congress and others have 102 seats. The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly and the Shiv Sena won 56. Their alliance is well past the majority mark of 145 but the Sena is insisting on the ’50:50 formula’ it says was discussed with the BJP for rotational chief ministership and equal distribution of ministries.


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