The suspense over the Maharashtra government formation continues as Yuva Sena chief and Worli MLA Aaditya Thackeray, on Thursday, 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. The delegation headed by Eknath Shinde- Shiv Sena legislative party chief and Aaditya Thackeray met with the governor to talk about issues faced by fishermen and farmers due to floods.
"I will not comment on the formation or disruption of 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 said to reporters outside Raj Bhavan.
Explaining the meeting's agenda Thackeray said that the Governor had assured to talk to the Centre to provide compensation to those affected due to the recent floods. He also urged all collectors to get onto the ground and help. He added that Shiv Sena and other political party workers were helping those affected.
"Today, we have met with the Governor and requested- all 63 MLAs who are there- that whatever losses incurred by the farmers and fishermen folk due to the recent floods, should be compensated. The governor has assured us that he will personally talk to the Centre and will be activated whatever procedures required using the (city) collectors to help the people." When asked that wouldn't the state government be in a better position to help, he said, "Right now a caretaker government is in place and the responsibility lies with the Governor."
Earlier in the day, Eknath Shinde had been elected as the leader of the Shiv Sena legislative party and a Shiv Sena delegation decided to meet the governor at 6:15 PM. 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. 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.
The saffron alliance swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56) to award CM Devendra Fadnavis a second term. But the comeback of the 'Maha- Agadhi' alliance (NCP-Congress) took the Mahayuti by surprise 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.