Shiv Sena yet to take a decision on extending support to BJP govt in Maharashtra

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, Oct 20: The Shiv Sena on Monday said the party is yet to take a final decision with regard to lending support to a BJP government in Maharashtra.

Sources, however, said that senior state leaders of the two parties met here this morning and the Shiv Sena agreed to extend support to the BJP government. The details of the government formation are being worked out and a formal announcement could be made later today, sources added.

Addressing a press conference, the Sena spokesperson, Sanjay Raut, said the party is yet to take a decision on whether to join the BJP in forming government in the state, adding “We will announce our decision at the right time.”

The remarks came amid reports that the two parties had agreed to form a coalition government in Maharashtra.

Raut also informed that the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met all the elected MLAs at the Sena Bhawan this afternoon. During the meeting, the party expressed gratitude towards the people of Maharashtra who voted for the Shiv Sena, Raut added.

All the MLAs also elected Uddhav as their legislature party leader.

The Shiv Sena, which finished second in Maharashtra with 63 seats, in an editorial in its party mouthpiece ‘Samna’ said there was no wave for any party in the state.

“There is no clear mandate for any one party but we congratulate those who are blowing their trumpets in celebration,” the Shiv Sena said in its editorial with strong messages for BJP.

On Sunday, Uddhav Thackeray had said that he would wait for the BJP’s proposal and not approach its estranged ally.

“If the BJP asks for our support, we will consider and think about it. We will consider any proposal for a stable government,” Thackeray said, adding “What if I take the proposal and they say no? Therefore, it is better to wait.”

The BJP, which has emerged as the single largest party with 122 MLAs has so far kept both the NCP and Shiv Sena guessing.

(With Agency Inputs)

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