Formation of Govt: Sanjay Raut again met NCP chief Pawar

Sanjay Raut

Mumbai :- The senior Shiv Sena leader and the Rajya Sabha, Sanjay Raut met the NCP supremo, Sharad Pawar on Friday night amid the stand-off over government formation in Maharashtra.

Raut went to the Mumbai residence of Pawar immediately after the resignation of Devendra Fadnavis from the post of the chief minister when he failed to form the government as the Sena refused to join them on the issue of chief ministership.

However, Raut did not divulge the details about the discussion between him and Pawar. He also did not say anything about the formation of the government.

Meanwhile, the state NCP chief Jayant Patil, pointed out that the BJP and Shiv Sena have not announced snapping of ties yet and they may still come together to form government in the state.

Patil reiterated the NCP will sit in the opposition. He said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, also BJP legislature party leader, resigned and it shows the party cannot cobble up the numbers, adding that the Shiv Sena might be invited to form the government.

There is no question of us extending support to Sena. “We are in the opposition,” he said. When queried about the latest acrimony in the BJP-Sena relationship, Patil added, “They have not snapped ties. They have not said so yet. None of them is saying. Hence, the BJP may extend support to the Shiv Sena.”

Stressing that anything can happen in politics, he said, “If the Shiv Sena has not supported the BJP, it is possible for the BJP to support the Shiv Sena respecting the people’s mandate.”

There has been no headway in government formation in the state even a fortnight after Assembly poll results were announced on October 24.

The BJP and Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle over the chief minister’s post, resulting in a stalemate despite the poll results giving the saffron alliance combined seat strength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.