Maharashtra Deadlock: Shiv Sena accuses BJP of poaching MLAs

In its editorial published in ‘Saamana’, Shiv Sena alleged that BJP is using “money power” to break the deadlock over government formation while stating that the next Chief Minister will be from their party

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Amid the ongoing conflict between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over power-sharing in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena on Thursday accused its ally BJP of poaching MLAs. 

In its editorial published in ‘Saamana’, Shiv Sena alleged that BJP is using “money power” to break the deadlock over government formation while stating that the next Chief Minister will be from their party. 

Some people are trying to poach newly elected Shiv Sena MLAs. Such complaints and the use of money power are increasing. Shiv Sena will not allow a value-less politics in Maharashtra,” the editorial read.

Reiterating the claims made by Shiv Sena, the editorial said that people in Maharashtra want the Chief Minister to be from Uddhav Thackeray-led party. 

People of Maharashtra want a CM from Shiv Sena. Amid the distress among farmers, no one is helping. Hence, they want a Shiv Sena Chief Minister,” said the editorial published in Sena’s mouthpiece. 

While reacting to the editorial and claims made in the same, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said that if Shiv Sena being an alliance partner of BJP is scared that the latter will poach their MLAs, one can understand that BJP is morally corrupt.

The current term of Devendra Fandavis government in Maharashtra ends on November 9. However, the deadlock over government formation still remains. Shiv Sena and BJP alliance in the state have failed to form a government until now. 

Senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Wednesday informed that a delegation led by party’s Maharashtra unit President will meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday. 

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In 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections, BJP and Shiv Sena contested the polls together and managed to win on 105 and 56 seats, respectively. However, since the declaration of the results, Shiv Sena is pressuring its ally to implement the power-sharing deal while the BJP is adamant to not share the Chief Ministerial post.

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