NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday spoke to the media after his meeting with RPI chief Ramdas Athawale. Pawar put the onus on the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition for the delay in government formation in Maharashtra. The two allies have not been on the same page about power-sharing after securing majority seats as a coalition in the assembly elections.
"Ramdas Athawale met me today and was concerned about the formation of the government, the situation which is been going on in Maharashtra. But I clearly said that the mandate given to Shiv Sena, BJP parties and it is the right of the NDA to form the government. I really hope the BJP-Shiv Sena will come up with a solution. Athawale has always been concerned about Maharashtra and worked for the state. I clearly said that BJP- Shiv Sena should form the government.
"All I want is a stable government in Maharashtra. There is no need for speculation about Ramdas Athawale to come to join the party as he too wants a stable government formed in Maharashtra," Pawar said.
Even as the deadlock over government formation continues in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena has resorted to hotel politics. On Friday, Republic TV accessed videos from inside the Rangsharda hotel, where Shiv Sena has reportedly sent their MLAs. Sources said that two buses have been parked outside Rangsharda Hotel and the MLAs would be shifted to another place from the hotel.
The move by Shiv Sena comes amid Congress' charge of horse-trading against the BJP. Sena has demanded that BJP hold its end of the bargain for the pre-poll coalition to implement the 50:50 formula for power-sharing and for the post of Chief Minister. However, the BJP denies having such an agreement and even put forward Devendra Fadnavis for a second term.