AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi fired shots at the BJP and Shiv Sena amidst their ongoing battle to form a government in Maharashtra, Owaisi asked whether '50-50' is a new biscuit in the market. The AIMIM supremo reiterated that they will “not extend support to either BJP or Shiv Sena", the AIMIM supremo added, "What is this 50-50, is there a new biscuit (in the market)? How much 50-50 will you do? Do something for the people of Maharashtra. They (BJP and Shiv Sena) are not bothered about the destruction that rain has caused in Satara. Farmers are worried but all they talk about is 50-50," Owaisi said while addressing an event.
Owaisi further stated that "I don't know whether (Devendra) Fadnavis or some else is becoming the Chief Minister. Musical chair is going on.... It seems like Shiv Sena does not know what to do. It looks like Uddhav Thackeray is afraid of Prime Minister Modi," he added. The NCP and Congress also fought the polls in alliance with the former winning 54 seats and the latter 44 seats respectively.
Sources said that the BJP has proposed a 13-26 formula to Shiv Sena, meaning it willing to give 13 portfolios to Sena members and keep 26 for BJP MLAs. Sources also said that there will be no discussion on the core portfolios. The sources added that the BJP is willing to let go of the Deputy CM post. The current distribution suggests that the BJP has countered the Shiv Sena's 50:50 power-sharing demand with a 33:66 one.
Sources have further said that BJP is willing to take a chance and not ally with Shiv Sena if its demand for 50:50 distribution persists. As per sources, the BJP is likely to take Independent MLAs' support. Sources have said that Shiv Sena is persistent with its 50:50 power-sharing demand.