Maharashtra: Shiv Sena cancels meeting with BJP after Devendra Fadnavis refutes sharing of CM’s post

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday cancelled his party’s meeting with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on formation of government in Maharashtra, hours after Devendra Fadnavis said that the BJP had not promised any equal power-sharing formula with the Shiv Sena.

“The Sena was not promised the Chief Minister’s post for two-and-a-half-years when the alliance was formalised before the Lok Sabha polls,” Fadnavis said.

“I will be Maharashtra Chief Minister for another five years,” Fadnavis added.

The Sena is keen to share the chief minister’s post during the next government’s five-year tenure. However, the BJP is not ready to accept the “50:50 formula”

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut said there was no point of holding talks if Fadnavis says there was no seat sharing agreement. “Therefore, Uddhav Thackeray has cancelled the meeting of both the parties.”

In last week’s Maharashtra election, the BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member House and its ally Shiv Sena 56. Consequently, the BJP has to rely on Sena to form the government.

Post results, the two parties have been engaged in a bitter tussle over the Chief Minister’s post. The Shiv Sena has demanded a 50:50 power-sharing formula with a rotational CM post. While the BJP is not agreeing to equal power-sharing formula.