Even as the deadlock over government formation continues in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena has now resorted to hotel politics. On Friday, Republic TV accessed videos from inside the Rangsharda hotel , where Shiv Sena has reportedly sent their MLAs. Sources told Republic TV that two buses are parked outside Rangsharda Hotel and they would be shifted to another place from the hotel. The move by Shiv Sena comes amid Congress' charge of horse-trading against the BJP. While Sena has been demanding a 50:50 formula for the post of Chief Minister, BJP has clearly stated that CM will be from the party. At the other side, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that as per mandate, his party will sit in Opposition.
Earlier on Thursday, Shiv Sena leader Abdul Sattar revealed that the party was planning to send its MLAs to a resort — Hotel Rangasharda, amid alleged poaching attempts. However, Sena's Sanjay Raut dismissed such reports. On the other hand, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has repeatedly ruled out a coalition with Shiv Sena saying, 'We have the mandate to sit in Opposition'. Meanwhile, BJP ally and RPI chief, Ramdas Athawale has said that BJP chief Amit Shah has no plans of interfering in the deadlock, leaving the state leaders to solve the tussle themselves.
Shiv Sena has reiterated that it will accept only the 50:50 formula, BJP has denied of ever having agreed to such a formula reportedly offering 13 cabinet portfolios to Sena while keeping 26 for its ministers. Apart from Sena's portfolio demand, the party has demanded a sharing of 2.5 years in the CM post too. As per sources, Sena has been eyeing to gain support of the NCP-Congress alliance. The BJP too has been gaining support from independent MLAs.
The saffron alliance of Mahayuti swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56). But the 'Maha- Agadhi' alliance (NCP-Congress) also made a comeback as the NCP bagged 54 seats while the Congress too bagged 44 seats. It was handed a diminished mandate compared to 2014 where it won 185 seats.