Amidst the ongoing tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena over the post of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, a poster with a picture of Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray calling him the chief minister has surfaced. The poster reads ‘My MLA, My Chief Minister’. The poster has been put up outside Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray's residence, Matoshree, in Mumbai. The poster has been allegedly put up by Shiv Sena corporator Haji Halim Khan. The Thackeray scion won from Worli Assembly Constituency in the recently concluded State Legislature elections in the state.
On October 31, the Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), removed the posters of Aaditya Thackeray put up outside Matoshree reading 'CM Maharashtra only Aditya Thackeray'. Incidentally, BJP too had put up posters claiming Devendra Fadnavis as the next CM, right next to Shiv Sena's poster. The Shiv Sena had been constantly demanding that Aaditya be made the next Chief Minister and has refused to budge from the 50:50 formula.
Previously, the Yuva Sena Chief has refused to comment on the matter after a Shiv Sena delegation met with Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan. He maintained that the final word on the matter will be that of Shiv Sena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray. "I will not comment on the formation or disruption of the government. Whatever has to be said on this matter will be said by Uddhav saheb, and that will be the final word. We have only approached the governor to voice the people's concerns," he told reporters outside Raj Bhavan.
Meanwhile, Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut has reiterated that the Sena will accept only the 50:50 formula, as 7 more Independent MLAs extended their support to Sena on Wednesday, October 30. Shiv Sena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray too had echoed similar sentiments at the Sena MLAs meeting on Wednesday, amid growing calls for Worli MLA Aaditya Thackeray to become the next CM. But the Chief Minister has reaffirmed that the BJP-Shiv Sena 'Mahayuti' will form the government in Maharashtra, with the BJP reportedly offering 13 cabinet portfolios to Sena while keeping 26 for its ministers.