Maharashtra Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Thursday, November 7, while speaking at a press briefing stated that "BJP and Shiv Sena have shared a relationship of 30 years. Whatever the outcome will be, I am sure it will be good." Mungantiwar further stated that he is so confident about it because of the kind of relationship the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena have shared over the years. "Whenever this situation has arisen before, BJP and Shiv Sena have always come together. If we could do it then, this time it is definitely not an issue," he said. "A good coalition government will be formed," the BJP leader added.
The BJP and Shiv Sena who formed an alliance this year before the Maharashtra Assembly elections are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the equal distribution of seats in the Maharashtra Assembly and the term for the Chief Minister's post. As Shiv Sena stands firm on the 50:50 formula, BJP is claiming that Devendra Fadnavis will continue to be the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. According to Shiv Sena, BJP would not have secured 105 seats had it not allied with Shiv Sena before the elections.
Amid the impasse between the BJP and Shiv Sena for the 14th day since the election result in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena has remained adamant over the 50:50 formula on the Chief Minister's position. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, while addressing a press conference on Thursday put forth the views of party president Uddhav Thackeray and claimed that the fight is for 'truth and lie.' He further asserted that there was no deadlock from Sena's end.
In this year's Maharashtra Assembly elections, the BJP has emerged as the single largest party by winning 105 seats while the Shiv Sena emerged victorious on 56 seats in the 288-member assembly in the state. Even though both the parties had apparently agreed to a 50:50 formula, the fight over the CM's post has been intensifying. The current term of Maharashtra government ends on November 9, at which point President's rule would have to be imposed, stated reports.