“The chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena. It walked away from the ‘Mahayuti’ (the Sena-BJP alliance) on the issue of chief minister’s post. It is our responsibility to respect its sentiment,” Malik said.
At a meeting in Mumbai on Thursday, leaders of the Congress, NCP and Sena prepared the draft CMP, which will be forwarded for approval to top leaders of the three parties.
Addressing a press conference, state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said, “BJP is the single largest party, and with the support of Independents our tally reaches 119. With this tally, BJP will form the government. “
Sena leader Sanjay Raut said Maharashtra’s next government will be led by his party. The Rajya Sabha MP was responding to questions on whether his party will share the chief minister’s post with the NCP and Congress.
“Whether it is a single party government or an alliance, an agenda for governance is necessary. There are infrastructure projects to be taken forward, (and issues related to) drought, unseasonal rains (are to be tackled). experienced administrators.We will benefit from their experience, “he said.
About the apparent contradiction in forming alliance with the Congress, Sena ‘s political rival till recently, Raut said leaders of the country oldest party had contributed to the freedom struggle as well as the state’s development.
Asked if the Sena will give up its demand for the Bharat Ratna for Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar and accept quota for Muslims, Raut evaded a direct reply and said, “We know the source of such speculation.”
“Vajpayee (BJP stalwart and ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee) headed an alliance of parties who came together on a common minimum program. In Maharashtra, Sharad Pawar had led a Progressive Democratic Front government (1978 – 80) of which the Jan Sangh, BJP’s earlier avatar, was a part, “Raut said.
The draft CMP focuses on farmers and measures to tackle unemployment, a senior Congress leader said in Mumbai. “Inclusive development and justice to all sections of society are the criteria on which we will work if the CMP is approved by the leadership of all three parties,” he told PTI, requesting anonymity.
Pawar is expected to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on November 17 in New Delhi where a final decision on government formation is likely to be taken. The Sena reached out to the Congress-NCP combine for government formation after its demand for sharing the chief minister’s post and equal distribution of portfolios was rejected by the BJP, its pre-poll ally.
The BJP and the Sena, which fought the October 21 polls in alliance, secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288 – member assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.