Sena wants equal share in CM’s post: Kadam
Sena minister also said that BJP is free to break the alliance
Mumbai: Even though Shiv Sena-BJP leaders have sealed the alliance, the leaders in the State are making conflicting statements. Senior Shiv Sena Minister Ramdas Kadam said on Wednesday that that there is a pact about sharing the chief minister’s post along with the 50:50 formula.
Just two days after both the parties inked a pre-poll deal, a senior minister from Shiv Sena threatening the BJP is quite surprising. However, Kadam’s statement was counter to BJP Minister Chandrakant Patil, who said that his party is of the view that the alliance partner winning more seats will get the CM’s post.
Kadam said his party forged the alliance with the BJP after there was an agreement to share the chief minister’s post. “If the BJP does not wish to fulfil its commitment, it is free to break the pre-poll alliance immediately,” Kadam said. “If the agreement is not accepted by the BJP, then we will ask Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray to break the alliance,” said Kadam.
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday told the party workers that he rejected the proposal from BJP that the party getting maximum seats in the Assembly will get the CM’s post. “The BJP has agreed to this, hence I have decided to forge the alliance,” Thackeray said. This is a traditional formula and Shiv Sena and the BJP applied it in 1995.
The BJP will contest 25 seats and Sena 23 of total 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. For the Assembly polls, the two parties will contest an equal number of seats after accommodating allies.
The BJP and the Sena had contested the 2014 assembly elections separately. Of total 288 seats, the BJP had won 122 seats and the Sena 63. Kadam further said that there will be equal sharing in all constitutional posts including the chief minister’s post.