BJP-Sena Tussle Likely To End

Pandurang Mhaske
Thursday, 31 October 2019

New proposal moots CM post with BJP, important ministries with Sena 

Mumbai:  Tussle in the saffron alliance over equal power-sharing is likely to end by Thursday as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to give more important ministries to Shiv Sena and Shiv Sena has come to the point to accept the proposal decided by the BJP. 

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had already said that no formula has been decided over equal seat-sharing. He asserted that he would be the next chief minister. 

When the BJP re-elected Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as the leader of BJP legislative party on Wednesday, it became clear that Fadnavis will be the next CM. All the 105 newly-elected BJP MLAs were present during the meeting which was held at Vidhan Bhavan in south Mumbai. 

According to sources in the BJP, the party is the single largest party and will form the government in the State and then will take support from the Shiv Sena. 

“We will not wait for Shiv Sena. The oath ceremony of CM will be as per schedule,” said a BJP 
leader.

Shiv Sena was pushing their demand for 50-50 power-sharing which meant half-term for the CM’s post. However, the BJP was not ready for it.  Though Shiv Sena is sulking over the issue, they are ready to accept more ministerial berths. 

According to the Sena leaders, they are going to demand top and important posts like Public Works, Food and Civil Supply and Power departments. The BJP is ready to leave the important portfolios for Sena except Home, Finance, Revenue and Urban Development departments, according to sources.

The BJP will keep the CM’s post and other 26 portfolios and is ready to give the deputy CM’s post and 13 important portfolios to Sena.

Now, the Shiv Sena has diluted their demand about the deputy chief minister’s post and is firm on important portfolios in the Cabinet. The power-sharing formula will be like the 2014 pattern, which is acceptable to the Sena, according to sources.

The chief minister officially said that the CM’s and important ministers’ oath-taking ceremony will be held first and then, they will expand the Cabinet. 

On Tuesday, Fadnavis said that the Sena was not promised the CM’s post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was formalised before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

NCP State President Jayant Patil said this is the right time for the Shiv Sena to accept the offer from BJP. “The BJP is all set to demoralise the Shiv Sena and it will be very harmful to the Sena if they do not participate in the power-sharing,” he said. 

He said the NCP is ready to sit in the Opposition. 
 
Meanwhile, the Sena has decided to hold a meeting of all its newly elected MLAs at Sena Bhavan on Thursday. Yuva Sena Chief and MLA Aditya Thackeray has cancelled his Konkan tour for the meeting. 

Fadnavis elected unanimously 
BJP State President Chandrakant Patil proposed Fadnavis’ name as the party leader and ten other MLAs seconded the name and Fadnavis was elected unanimously. The CM said the BJP will form a government with Sena in the next few days.

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