After the BJP said that Maharashtra may head for a President's rule if there is no government formed in the state after November 7, Shiv Sena's mouthpiece Saamna has attacked the party for 'threatening' it. Warning the BJP to not be arrogant of its power, Sena said that making such statement would amount to the public thinking that the President of India (Ram Nath Kovind) is under the BJP's control and the party resorts to using any means to come to power. "Should the people believe that the BJP will declare President's rule if it does come to power — as though the President is held firmly in BJP's fist and the BJP has the President's rubber stamp in its Maharashtra office?"
The editorial said that people of Maharashtra are not bothered with such threats of President's rule. The Sena demanded that if BJP wants to rule then it must have majority and form the government. If the BJP claims to have majority, why does it not form the government the article asked, adding, 'The country is not in anyone's pocket'
Maharashtra's Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar had said on Friday that the state may head for President's rule if the new government is not in place by November 7 in the state. The minister's comments came as there appeared no headway in government formation even eight days after results of the October 21 Assembly elections.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told reporters that the new Maharashtra chief minister will be from the Sena. If the Sena decides, it can get the required numbers to form a stable government in Maharashtra, he said. Raut said that there are no talks yet between BJP, Shiv Sena on government formation.