Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray says he doesn't want to break alliance with BJP

Agencies
Thursday, 7 November 2019

Significantly, once the Shiv Sena MLAs authorised him to take "final decision" on government formation in Maharashtra at a meeting at his residence `Matoshree', all the legislators were shifted to a close by hotel in suburban Bandra.

 Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday that he does not intend to end the coalition with the BJP but only wants implementation of what was agreed upon between the 2 parties before the Lok Sabha polls.

Significantly, once the Shiv Sena MLAs authorised him to take "final decision" on government formation in Maharashtra at a meeting at his residence `Matoshree', all the legislators were shifted to a close by hotel in suburban Bandra.

The move indicated that the party feared attempts to poach its legislators amid thecontinuing  tussle with the BJP.

"It is important for all the MLAs to be together in the prevailing situation. Whatever decision Uddhavji takes will be binding on all of us," Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu said after the meeting.

During the meeting that lasted for over 60 minutes, the legislators reiterated that the formula of "equal sharing of posts and responsibilities" agreed upon before the Lok Sabha polls should be executed.

TheShiv  Sena appeared firm on its demand that the CM post should be shared by the 2 allies for two- and-a-half years each.

"Sena MLAs passed a resolution authorising Uddhavji to take a ultimate decision regarding government formation," MLA Shambhuraje Desai told journalists.

Abdul Sattar, another Sena MLA, stated, "The next chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena."

Another legislator, on condition of anonymity, said Uddhav Thackeray was "hurt" by the ongoing developments in the state.

"He feels the issues could have been settled by sitting across the table. This did not happen. Instead, what was decided was denied. Uddhavji said he did not like to break the alliance with the BJP. He just expects that what was decided be implemented," the MLA said.

"He told us to wait and watch," the MLA included.

After the meeting, theShiv  Sena MLAs shifted to Rangsharda Hotel in Bandra.

The Shiv Sena has been claiming that the 2 parties decided in February, before the Lok Sabha polls, that there will be equivalent sharing of posts in the state.

But the BJP has ruled out sharing the CM post with its ally.

Maharashtra is witnessing an impasse over government formation since the poll results on 24 October , though the the saffron alliance won 161 seats, easily crossing the majority-mark of 145 in the 288-member House.

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