Reiterating Shiv Sena's stance on the 50-50 formula and CM post, Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, on Thursday, stated that any kind of blackmail will not work with Shiv Sena, addressing a press briefing after the Shiv Sena's MLA meet. He warned officers who act out of political bias, reminding that the Assembly will expire on November 8. When asked about BJP's alleged 'Saam-daama-dhand-bedh' mode to form the government, Raut said that it works only till one is in power.
"The scenario in 2014 and 2019 are completely different. Now any indisciplined action, anti-event action, blackmail, use of police force will not work. This Assembly will cease to exist from 8 November onwards. So any officers who are working biased towards a party, this is Shiv Sena's message," he said.
He added, "Saama-Daama-Dhand-Bedh? That is our formula. We are acting in a civil way, these talks won't work with us now. Saama-daama-dhand-bedh works only as long as one is on the (CM) chair."
When asked about government formation, he reminded the Mahayuti alliance's mandate was Shiv Sena's too. He also reminded BJP of the pre-poll alliance, saying that the voters had awarded the mandate based on such talks. When asked about Uddhav Thackeray allegedly saying that 'Fadnavis is a Shiv Sainik', he said that a Shiv Sainik never lies.
"If the mandate is Mahayuti's then the mandate is of BJP and Shiv Sena. The mandate is based on the pre-poll talks which were made public. Keeping in mind which party plays what role, the voter decides respectively," he said.
He added, "If someone says me and Uddhav Thackeray are Shah-Modi and ask you to join our party, will you do so? Such kind of comparisons and talks don't happen. A Shiv Sainik will not lie. Shiv Sainik sticks to his promise. Shiv Sainik will not stab anyone in the back for power or politics."
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena leader Abdul Sattar revealed that the party was planning to send its MLAs to a resort — Hotel Rangasharda, amid alleged poaching attempts. Sena MP Sanjay Raut has dismissed such reports saying, 'There is no need for that'. This development comes after many Congress MLAs are reportedly in favour of supporting Shiv Sena to keep out the BJP from coming to power again. 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.
While 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 ; this has been refused by CM Devendra Fadnavis, stating, 'The next govt will be formed under a BJP CM.' With no respite to the deadlock, the Mahayuti alliance's combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56) is yet to be put to use to form a government. The current Maharashtra Assembly expires on November 9.