After meeting Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari at Raj Bhavan, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray addressed the media where he said that the governor refused to grant more time to Shiv Sena to stake claim to form the new government in the state.
"We told the Governor that we're willing to form the government. We asked him for at least 2 days time but we weren't given time. The claim (to form government) wasn't denied but the time was. We'll continue to put in efforts to form government in the state," Aaditya Thackeray said.
"Both parties (Congress-NCP) have been speaking to us, MLAs have been speaking to us. As talks are on, as 2nd largest party it was our right to come here. We've expressed our willingness to form government, we've asked for extension of 48 hrs to fulfill our procedure,"he added.
Earlier today, Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Aaditya Thackeray went to Raj Bhavan where they were expected to stake claim to form government in Maharashtra.
Sources in the Sena had said, “As per the governor’s invitation to express our willingness and ability to form the government issued to us yesterday, we are responding to it positively.”
“We will seek time from the governor to prove majority in the house,” said a Sena leader. Shinde has been elected as the leader of the Sena’s legislative wing.
Aaditya Thackeray, son of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, was elected from Worli in Central Mumbai in the last month’s assembly polls. The Sena has won 56 seats in the 288-member House and is seeking support from the NCP (54) and the Congress (44) for forming its government in the state.