Shiv Sena dares BJP to form a government in Maharashtra
New Delhi : With no final word coming on the power sharing dispute on Maharashtra CM post, Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party are at a standoff even on the last day of deadline to stake claim to form the government in the state.
A Shiv Sena leader on Friday dared Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government as single largest party and can take 30 days instead of 15 to do so.
15 days have passed since the results for Maharashtra Assembly Elections were announced on October 24. The Shiv Sena has refused to back down on its demand for a "50:50" partnership with the BJP, including rotational chief ministership.
According to a report, Shiv Sena has moved its MLAs to a hotel to ensure that no BJP leader could attempt to lure them.
Leaving the decision on BJP, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that it is upto them if they want to stake claim to form the government or not.
"The single largest party should get the opportunity to form government first. That is the BJP. They should get not just 15 days, but one month to prove their majority in the assembly," Sanjay Raut told NDTV.
"If the Governor calls the single largest party to form government and their Chief Minister takes oath, then they have to show their majority on the floor of the house. If they fail, then others can form government. The Sena can too. But it is only fair that the largest party get the chance first," he added.
Devendra Fadnavis met the Maharashtra governor on Thursday and said it has discussed legal implications on delaying the government formation process.
Shiv Sena had been claiming that the BJP had accepted 50-50 power sharing proposal ahead of the Maharashtra elections.