Power struggle in Maharashtra: the Congressman writes to Sonia and asks for support for Sena
MUMBAI: At a time when the BJP and the Shiv Sena cannot reach a consensus on the distribution of power in Maharashtra, a congressional leader wrote Saturday to the head of the party, Sonia Gandhi, asking him to give support to the Seine to form the next government if it comes up with such a proposal.
The Seine wasted no time in welcoming the stand of Congress leader Hussain Dalwai, a deputy of Rajya Sabha of Maharashtra, who wrote the letter.
Dalwai recalled that Sena had supported Pratibha Patil Congress nominees and later Pranab Mukherjee for the position of president of India in the past.
Shiv Sena and BJP are different. The Sena had supported Pratibha Patil, Pranab Mukherjee for the President's post. Shiv Sena politics has become all-inclusive unlike that of the BJP which is extreme. We must support the Sena to keep the BJP out of power, Dalwai told reporters while quoting his letter.
He said that a cross section of the Muslim community in the state would prefer the Seine over the BJP.
Congress seems to be divided on support for Sena, which is one of the founding members of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by BJP.
Leaders as general secretary of AICC Mallikarjun Kharge , Sushilkumar Shinde , Sanjay Nirupam They are against extending support to the Seine.
When asked about Dalwai's letter, the leader of Sena 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 coalition until the end.
The recent elections in Maharashtra denied the absolute majority of BJP desired by the party.
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 is 145.
The Seine and the BJP have been locked in a battle of nerves to share power.
Both parties, who were partners in the outgoing government, have not yet begun formal discussions even though the mandate of the current Legislative Assembly ends on November 8.
The point of discussion is Sena's demand for the CM position for an equal period of 2.5 years and a portfolio division of 50:50.
Both demands have been rejected by the BJP, which has insisted that the Chief Minister will continue to be the CM for the next five years.
Sena President Uddhav Thackeray would have said that there are other options available for his party.
The main leaders of the Maharashtra Congress held meetings in Delhi on Friday and discussed the political situation with Sonia Gandhi.