Sena chief Uddhav insists 50-50 power-sharing formula

Mumbai : After the results of the state Assembly elections, the Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said it was time to implement “fifty-fifty” formula for power-sharing.

Cornering its principal ally, the BJP, the Sena chief Thackeray said that such formula was decided on earlier and the BJP should fulfil its commitment. The BJP and Shiv Sena together were leading the government and the BJP bagged 104 seats while the Sena got 56.

Talking to media persons Thackeray said, “It is time to remind the BJP about the formula arrived at when BJP chief Amit Shah visited my home….we had decided on 50:50 formula for the alliance.” Describing the mandate as an “eye-opener for many”, Thackeray said the people of the state had kept democracy alive. “We had agreed to contest fewer seats (than the BJP), but I cannot accommodate the BJP every time. I should allow my party to grow,” Uddhav asserted, indicating that he would drive a hard bargain keeping the suspense on the chief ministership alive.

Reacting on the remarks of Thackeray, the chief minister Fadnavis said, “We are going to go ahead according to what has been decided between Shiv Sena and us (BJP). You will get to know when the time is right.” According to the chief minister, around 15 independent MLAs, most of them BJP and Shiv Sena rebels have contacted NDA with a willingness to support the alliance.