Soon after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fandnavis said that he will be the Chief Minister and that there is no doubt about it, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has responded to him. Speaking to Republic TV, Sanjay Raut said that he can be the CM if his party has an absolute majority. However, he added that Sena will not commit a 'sin' by breaking the alliance with BJP, as people of the state gave the mandate to the Mahayuti alliance.
"Why 5 years, I would wish that he remains CM for the next 50 years. But there are systems in place. If he has a majority then he can be the CM. Majority meaning absolute majority, meaning 145, half of the seats plus one. Everybody knows that there was a 50-50 formula. Media was there when it was announced. Politics is a game, today they will say that one will be CM, tomorrow someone else can be," Raut said.
Even as Sena is demanding that the CM seat should be divided between the two alliance partners, Sanjay Raut has made it clear that the Mahayuti alliance is here to stay. Speaking to Republic, he said: "We won't break the alliance and do that sin." This comes despite Raut's warning that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has 'other options'. He had said: "Uddhav Thackeray ji has said that we have other options too but we don't want to do the sin of accepting that alternative. We cannot murder democracy or teach moral lessons to everyone. Shiv Sena has always kept itself away from such kind of politics."
Amid power tussle in Maharashtra between the saffron alliance of BJP and Shiv Sena, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has made a big statement about the upcoming government formation and talks on the Deputy Chief Minister's post. As per sources, Fadnavis has said that he will be the CM and there will be no talks on the 50:50 formula. Sources also said that Fadnavis has added that there have been no talks on the Deputy CM post so far. He also added that BJP president Amit Shah will not come to Mumbai as suggested by some sources.
"We (alliance) will form the government soon. Maharashtra will get a stable government for the next 5 years. The government will be formed under the leadership of BJP only. Who will be our leader you will come to know tomorrow. Amit Shah won't come tomorrow. We are continuing formal and informal talks with Sena." Denying any specific formula between the Mahayuti alliance partners, Fadnavis has said: "There is no specific formula. We will decide it on merit. BJP president Amit Shah won't come tomorrow. We are continuing formal and informal talks with Sena."
When the poll result was announced on October 24, the saffron alliance swept Maharashtra, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56). But the 'Maha- Agadhi' alliance (NCP-Congress) made a comeback as the NCP bagged 54 seats while the languishing Congress too bagged 44 seats. Though the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will form the next government, it was handed a diminished mandate compared to 2014 where it won 185 seats.