Amidst the non-formation of government in Maharashtra, discussions are still underway between Shiv Sena and its new-found allies, the NCP and Congress. Sources from the NCP have exclusively stated to Republic TV that the NCP is waiting for the Shiv Sena to formally leave the NDA.
The source further stated that "We (NCP) are waiting for an official announcement. Looking at the Saamana editorial, it doesn't seem like Sena is out of the BJP-led NDA government." The source further stated, "Congress-NCP senior leaders to meet today in Delhi, and we will discuss this." The NCP had previously demanded that all Shiv Sena MPs quit the NDA which Arvind Sawant resigning from the post of Union Minister, the source commenting on this stated, "Their Sena leader has resigned from Ministerial post, but this doesn’t mean that they are out of NDA. We will wait and then decide our further course of action."
The Sena Mouthpiece Saamana newspaper on Tuesday, November 19 slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party over removing Shiv Sena from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance. The paper also mentioned that the decision to remove Sena from the NDA was made in haste and was completely wrong on the part of the BJP.
The editorial also took a dig at the ruling party by saying, that when all the other parties had abandoned BJP only then party chief Bal Thackeray was the one who supported them. Sena said that BJP took this decision on the death anniversary of Bal Thackeray and also questioned them asking 'Who were they to do so?' They also allegedly accused that BJP gave the reason as Sena's ongoing talks with Congress and NCP for the end of the NDA alliance. Further hitting out at BJP, Sena said that the reverse counting of BJP has started in Maharashtra and people will never support BJP as they believe in Shivaji Maharaj and their ideologies. The editorial also read that 'Shiv Sena Zindabad' will be echoed across Maharashtra.
Since none of the major political parties could garner enough numbers for government formation, President's Rule was imposed in Maharashtra on November 12. Hectic parlays have been going on in the NCP, Shiv Sena, and Congress camps to forge a post-poll alliance in the state. Sources also indicated that a formula has been worked out whereby the Sena would get the CM’s post for 5 years. However, all three parties would have ministers proportionate to their strength in the Maharashtra assembly. As per the sources, the Sena, NCP, and Congress could get 16, 14 and 12 ministries respectively. On Sunday, Shiv Sena MPs skipped the meeting of the National Democratic Alliance ahead of the Winter session of Parliament.