Maharashtra: Thaw in power tussle? BJP reaches out to Sena
The power tussle between BJP and Shiv Sena seems to be ending after the ruling party reached out to Sena leadership. Sena has also shown willingness to give up of the demand for a rotating Chief Ministerial post
Following more than a week of power tussle, BJP and Shiv Sena seem to be finally reaching an agreement to forming a new government in Maharashtra, indicate reports.
According to a report on Indian Express, incumbent Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reached out to the Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray, on Friday, telling that BJP is willing to consider the demand of 50% of the ministerial posts going to Shiv Sena.
In October 21 elections, BJP emerged as the single largest party by winning 105 seats while the Sena emerged victorious on 56 seats. 155 is the number of seats needed for a coalition to form a government. In the opposition, Congress won 44 seats and NCP 54.
As per the report, the Shiv Sena has shown flexibility, by giving up on the demand for rotational chief ministership. The party had demanded that the chief minister should be from the party for 2.5 years of the five-year term of the state ministry.
But in turn, the party asked for getting a new Cabinet Minister post and one Minister of State post in the central government, where it is a part of the ruling NDA coalition. It also wants control of half the state-run corporations in Maharashtra.
The talks over the proposals are to take place in the next two days.
Following the tussle between the parties, uncertainty had loomed over government formation. The BJP had made the threat of a President’s rule also.
Current state Finance Minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar of BJP said on Friday that the state "may head for President's rule if the new government in the state is not in place by November 7".