Amid uncertainty over government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said that Sena will soon form a stable government in the state. He also mentioned that the Sena government will be one of the ideal governments ever formed in the state.
Speaking to the media Raut said, "Soon Maharashtra will get a strong and stable government led by Shiv Sena. We want Sena chief Uddhav Thackery to lead the government in Maharashtra. It will be the ideal government Maharashtra has ever seen." Commenting on the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and talks with NCP, Raut said, "If Pawar says something, one should believe it. He is an experienced leader. Sharad Pawar is correct in saying that any question about government formation should be put forth to Sena, since the party will form and lead the government soon."
Earlier on Monday, soon after meeting the interim Congres chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar called a press conference but spoke nothing about Shiv Sena. Denying the talks on government formation, Pawar said that since his party received only 54 seats, he should not talk about government formation. When asked about meeting Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, Pawar laughed and said that he can meet Raut any day in the Parliament.
Raut also responded to comments made by Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, president of the Republican Party of India that fought the election as a part of the 'Mahayuti' alliance with the Shiv Sena. The Union Minister said that he was told by Home Minister Amit Shah that the Maharashtra government would be formed soon, to which Raut said, "He (Athawale) is a minister. If they can make the government, let them. There is no need for anyone to meditate." Athawale also said that he has asked the Shiv Sena to compromise on the sharing of chief minister's position on a rotational basis.
Meanwhile, the BJP-Shiv Sena's 'Mahyuti' alliance of 35 years fell out at the state-level with Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray insisting on sharing of chief minister post for 2.5 years and 50:50 division of portfolios, and Fadnavis refusing both the demands. Both parties are eyeing to form the next government separately in Maharashtra — which is currently under President's rule. While the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress is still in talks to finalise the CMP to form an alliance, the BJP has vowed to form the next government. The Mahayuti alliance swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56) seats.