Shiv Sena in process to form stable government in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena, the second largest party with 56 seats, has till 7:30 PM today to stake claim to form the government in Maharashtra

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Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, the buck has stopped at Shiv Sena to form the government in the state after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the second largest party with 56 seats to stake claim.

Shiv Sena has only a few hours to stake claim to form the government in Maharashtra and the saffron party will have to take help of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress alliance. Party spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that the Governor has given them less time to prove majority on the floor. He further added that BJP was given 72 hours to stake claim but Shiv Sena has been given only 24 hours.

...It is difficult to prove a majority in less time but Shiv Sena is in the process to form a stable government in Maharashtra,” said Sanjay Raut.

While addressing a press conference, Raut further said that the lone Union Minister Arvind Sawant from Shiv Sena has submitted his resignation on the orders of party chief Uddhav Thackeray. It is a formality to remain with BJP after such an episode, Raut added.

Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is the single largest party with 105 seats had refused to form the government saying that they don’t have the number. The BJP blamed Shiv Sena of “disrespecting” people’s mandate. BJP and Shiv Sena contested the assembly polls in Maharashtra together. However, the saffron alliance failed to form the government in the state. Since the declaration of assembly election results, Shiv Sena has been adamant on its demand to implement the 50-50 power-sharing formula.

However, BJP didn’t agree to the demands of its ally Shiv Sena and maintained that the CM will be from their party. As of now, Shiv Sena is seeking the support of NCP and Congress alliance.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that they will support Shiv Sena only when it walks out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). It was learned that Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant has resigned from his post as the Union Minister in Narendra Modi government.

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Meanwhile, Maharashtra Congress leaders on Monday afternoon will hold a meeting with Sonia Gandhi in Delhi to discuss the ongoing political situation in the state and will take a final call on supporting Sena.

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