Amid uncertainty in the Maharashtra government, Shiv Sena's Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha Sanjay Raut responded to comments made by Union Minister Ramdas Athawale. The Union Minister had stated that he was told by Home Minister Amit Shah that the Maharashtra government would be formed soon, in response, Raut stated, "He (Athawale) is a minister. if they can make the government let them make. There is no need for anyone to meditate."
Raut commenting on the government formation in Maharashtra stated that "I have only one answer. a good strong stable govt would be formed in Maharashtra. 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." Raut further reiterated, "I will say this only govt will be formed led by Shiv Sena."
Athawale said, "Had a word with Sanjay Raut, and told him to compromise. I have asked him for a 3:2 years (3 for BJP, 2 for Shiv Sena) Chief Minister post. I will have a word with BJP now." Earlier, Athawale had said that he spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief and Home Minister Amit Shah about the stalemate in the state.
"In the all-party meeting, Sena leaders were not present. Today I spoke with PM to try to find a way out of this situation. I told Amit Bhai (BJP President Amit Shah) that if he mediates then a way can be found out to which he replied 'don't worry, everything will be fine", he said.
The BJP-Shiv Sena's 'Mahyuti' of 35 years fell out at the state-level with Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray insisting a 50-50 sharing of Chief Minister post for 2.5 years and portfolios and former CM Devendra Fadnavis refusing those 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 Common Minimum Programme to form an alliance, the BJP has vowed that it will form the next government. The Mahayuti alliance which swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56). The NCP, meanwhile, won 54 seats while the Congress won 44 seats.