Shiv Sena leaders, including Sanjay Raut, will meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday. (Photo Credit: PTI file)
Shiv Sena leaders, including Sanjay Raut, will meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday and request him to invite the single-largest party to form the government in the state.
“We will request them (Governor) to first invite the single largest party to form the government and then give chance to other parties,” Raut told Marathi TV channel.
The move comes even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is heading to Delhi on Monday to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The BJP won 105 seats in the Assembly polls, results of which were declared on October 24, while the Sena got 56.
However, the two parties, which fought the polls in alliance, have got caught in a stalemate over the chief minister's post, with the Sena demanding equal division of the top post's tenure and the BJP rejecting it.
Incidentally, earlier in the day, the Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut had raised the "mysterious silence" of Shah, who heads the BJP, on the deadlock over formation of government.
The term of the current Maharashtra Legislative Assembly ends on November 9.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said people will come to know in the coming days if his party will be in power.
"You will come to know in the coming days if the Shiv Sena will be in power," Thackeray said to a query by reporters at a press conference in the state's Aurangabad district.
He refused to further answer any political questions.
He also took a veiled dig at Fadnavis over his pre-poll speech in which the latter had said that he "would return" (as chief minister once again).
"The retreating monsoon says 'I will return again'. People are now afraid of the retreating monsoon which says it would return," Thackeray said.
"The Rs 10,000 crore for crop losses due to unseasonal rains is very less," he said.
Thackeray also demanded that the Centre explain to people how the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement will benefit the country.