Sena never stopped speaking, will adhere to the dharma of the coalition: Sanjay Raut

MUMBAI: Amid speculation about probable political permutations and combinations regarding the formation of the next government in, the Shiv Sena on Saturday he said he would adhere to the dharma of the coalition, an observation that looks like a softening of his position towards the BJP.

The Seine and the BJP are caught in a battle of nerves to share power.

Both parties, which were partners in the outgoing government, have not even begun formal discussions even though the mandate of the current Legislative Assembly ends on November 8.

The Seine challenged the assembly's elections in an alliance and we would adhere to the dharma of the coalition until the last moment, Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters.

He also welcomed the decision of Congress leader Hussain Dalwai to write a letter to the president of Congress. Sonia Gandhi recommend support for the party led by Uddhav Thackeray in the formation of the new government.

Interestingly, Raut said Friday that Sena can get the desired numbers to form a stable government.

Taking into account the political situation prevailing in the state, everyone talks to each other, except the Seine and the BJP. The Seine did not stop the talks about the formation of the government ... the talks never began, he said.

Raut also seemed to minimize his recent meeting with NCP President Sharad Pawar, amid speculation that a new political equation could arise in the state to keep BJP out of power.

There are several issues related to Maharashtra in which leaders of different political parties speak, he said.

Did PDP and BJP in Kashmir and TDP and BJP in Andhra Pradesh have a similar ideology? he questioned.

When asked about a speculation that he will take an oath as Prime Minister for a second term early next week, Raut said the governor invites the largest party to form the government under the convention.

The important thing for the formation of the government is the support of 145 MLA (in the Chamber of 288 members). Whoever has this number, we wish them the best, he said.

When asked about the statement of the CPN chief, Sharad Pawar, that his party and Congress would sit in opposition, Raut said: What is wrong with that statement?

On Dalwai's letter to Gandhi suggesting that Congress can support Sena in the formation of the government, Raut said: Dalwai belongs to the socialist ideology. It comes from a family of progressive Muslims. We welcome your position. But Sena fought the elections in an alliance and we will adhere to the dharma of the coalition until the end.

The party led by Uddhav Thackeray has been demanding the position of the CM for 2.5 years and a 50:50 portfolio split, since the BJP count was hit in the polls.

Both lawsuits have been rejected by the BJP, which has insisted that Fadnavis will continue to be the CM for the next five years.

According to reports, Thackeray had said that other options (read NCP and Congress) are available for his party.

Top Congress leaders from Maharashtra on Friday held meetings in Delhi and discussed the situation with party president Sonia Gandhi.

In the October 21 assembly polls, the BJP failed to reach the mark, although it emerged as the largest party by winning 105 seats, 17 less than the 2014 count, in the 288-member House. The ally Sena won 56 seats, 7 less than his performance in 2014.

The intermediate mark in the Legislative Assembly is 145.