MUMBAI: As the fight between the two allies Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party has been continuing for weeks for the formation of Maharashtra state government, the Sena has come with a new allegation that BJP is trying to poach their recently-elected lawmakers to win over them.
The two parties who have been partners for the last 30 years have been locked in a tussle over a power-sharing since the Assembly election results came out on October 24. Sena wants 50:50 power-sharing policy as they have secured 56 seats in the 288-member Assembly. But the single largest party BJP who secured 105 seats is not getting ready to share important ministerial positions.
However, Sena claims that they have clearly said in the pre-poll talks that they need Chief Ministerial and other such important ministerial berths and BJP has agreed that. But now BJP denies that agreement.
Sena said that the Chief Ministerial position should be divided equally that means Sena has to hold the position for the first two and a half years and then BJP could hold it for the next two and a half years.
The details were published in an editorial of Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana. Sena said that people of Maharashtra want the chief minister to be from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party and accused BJP of using “money power” to break the deadlock over government formation.
“Some people are trying to grab power by poaching Sena’s MLAs with money power. But no one is considering farmers of the state hence they want a Sena CM. The Previous government is trying to form a government with money and such complaints are increasing. But Sena will not allow a politics devoid of values in Maharashtra,” the editorial read.