MUMBAI: As the term of the current Assembly is ending on Saturday (November 9), there is still no sign of formation of the new government. Hence, the BJP has decided to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday.
The delegation, led by BJP State President Chandrakant Patil, will meet the governor with a message approved by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. BJP is the single largest party in the Assembly and may claim the power in the State.
Senior leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said that there would be good news very soon. “The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance is intact and people can expect a ‘sweet news’ anytime now. Hum Saath Saath Hain,” said Mungantiwar. However, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that his party is yet to receive a seat-sharing proposal from the BJP. “BJP leader will give you sweet news that there will be Shiv Sena’s chief minister,” said Raut.
A resolution to the BJP-Shiv Sena stalemate over government formation is expected and a new dispensation may take office before the term of the outgoing Assembly ends, sources said.
Sources from both parties said back channel talks are on between the two old but often feuding allies and a breakthrough is expected. “If all goes well, we can have a government by November 9,” a source, who did not wish to be identified, said. However, it was not clear as to what will be the concession offered by the BJP to the Sena if the Uddhav Thackeray-led party decides to bury the hatchet.
Meanwhile, six Shiv Sena ministers attended a meeting called by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the farm crisis in the State after the rains. Sources said that the formula for government formation was discussed during the meeting, the first since the results of the State Assembly polls were announced on October 24.After the meeting, BJP ministers met Fadnavis at his residence to discuss how to divide the portfolios with the Shiv Sena which has demanded an equal share in power.
BJP State President Chandrakant Patil said after the meeting that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will form the government very soon. “People have given a mandate to the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, we will honour that mandate and form the government in the State. Shiv Sena is yet to give us any proposal,” said Patil.