Minutes after Maharashtra's now-acting CM Devendra Fadnavis addressed the media placing the onus of failed talks on Shiv Sena, its chief Uddhav Thackeray addressed the media and said:
"The BJP should stake claim to power. We have other options open before us. BJP should take an oath that they will not lie henceforth. We've have not spoken to Congress or NCP so far. Will not have any alliance with people who paint me as a liar."
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray added that he had made it clear to the BJP and its chief Amit Shah in front of Fadnavis that there will be a 50-50 formula. "Amit Shah came to my house in Matoshree and talked about improving the relationship. We said it clearly that there will be 50 50 formula. In that meeting, we discussed to share CM post on 50:50 formula. In 2014 they spoke to us sweetly, we joined them but now we will not fall in the trap."
Minutes before his presser, Fadnavis accused the Sena of betraying people's mandate. He said that since the first day Sena had held backdoor talks with NCP-Congress. He assured that govt will be formed under BJP's leadership.
#LIVE | Unfortunately, day when results came,Uddhav ji said all options open for Govt formation.That was shocking as people gave the mandate to Mahayuti: Fadnavis after resigning as Maharashtra CM. Watch here: https://t.co/jghcajZuXf pic.twitter.com/c2nFXd5pZp— Republic (@republic) November 8, 2019
Earlier in the day, Republic TV accessed videos from inside the Rangsharda hotel, where Shiv Sena had sent its MLAs. Sources told Republic TV that two buses are parked outside Rangsharda Hotel and they would be shifted to another place from the hotel. Meanwhile, 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', though he met with Sanjay Raut shortly before Devendra Fadnavis resigned. 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.
Shiv Sena has reiterated that it will accept only the 50:50 formula, while BJP - i.e. Devendra Fadnavis - has denied ever having agreed to such a formula. Apart from Sena's portfolio demand, the party has demanded a sharing of 2.5 years in the CM post too, with Aaditya Thackeray - the first Thackeray to contest an election - being the party's pick for the top job.
The saffron alliance of Mahayuti emerged the biggest in Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56). But the 'Maha-Agadhi' alliance (NCP-Congress) also made a comeback as the NCP bagged 54 seats while the Congress too bagged 44 seats. It was handed a diminished mandate compared to 2014 where it won 185 seats.