Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut addressed a press briefing on Wednesday morning on the ongoing political tussle in Maharashtra, where no party has yet been able to form a government even three weeks after the results were declared. Raut clarified that there was no faction within the party.
Raut said, "Maharashtra is a big State, the BJP has been unable to form a government and so the responsibility falls on the other parties. There are various issues, such as the farmer crisis and a stable government is needed."
Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), who were long term alliance partners and had agreed to a pre-poll alliance before the October elections, were not able to form a government post the elections, and after major disagreements, went on to break the alliance. Shiv Sena's Union Minister, Arvind Sawant also resigned from his post as the Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise.
The Shiv Sena was in talks with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) to form the government, however, the talks have slowed down with no solution arrived yet. NCP leader Sharad Pawar has not yet confirmed the government formation and after his U-turn. On Monday evening, Pawar held a press brief after his meeting with Sonia Gandhi but gave no clear answer over the government formation in Maharashtra, which is currently under the President's rule. Denying the talks on the next government formation, Pawar said that his party only received 54 seats, then why should he 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.