Maharashtra Trouble: Can Shiv Sena form government without BJP?

Since the declaration of assembly election results in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena is adamant on its demand to implement the power-sharing formula. However, BJP has maintained that the CM will from their party while they are ready to negotiate on portfolios

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With Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar scheduled  to meet Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Monday in Delhi amid the ongoing conflict between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over power-sharing formula, the speculations have fuelled that Sena might join hands with Congress and NCP alliance to form the government in Maharashtra.

In his meeting, Pawar is likely to discuss the ongoing political situation in Maharashtra and may talk about the possibility of an alliance with Sena to keep the BJP out of power in Maharashtra. 

Pawar’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi can create pressure on BJP as Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has already met the NCP chief on Thursday. However, Raut had said that the meeting was nothing but a courtesy call. 

Speaking about Pawar’s meeting with the Congress chief, Maharashtra Congress working President Jayant Patil said that Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi will talk on the issues of the alliance in Maharashtra. 

Meanwhile, sources in the NCP informed that until now they have not received any official offer for support regarding the formation of the government in Maharashtra. NCP has 54 seats and if the tussle between saffron parties doesn’t conclude, they may have an important role in the formation of the government. 

Earlier, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had said that if BJP doesn’t honour the 50-50 power-sharing formula which was finalised before 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it will look for an alternative. 

However, Sonia Gandhi had earlier said that Congress will not support Shiv Sena or any other Hindutva hardline party. 

Amid the tussle, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said that they have the support of 170 MLAs and is capable to form the government in Maharashtra. Raut had also stated that the Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena and will take oath at Shivaji Park.

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Since the declaration of assembly election results in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena is adamant on its demand to implement the power-sharing formula. However, BJP has maintained that the CM will from their party while they are ready to negotiate on portfolios. 

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