Conversations with BJP will only be in the CM post: Sanjay Raut

MUMBAI: Amid the impasse over the formation of a new government in Maharashtra, senior Shiv Sena The leader said Sunday that his party will speak with the BJP only on the subject of the prime minister's position.

The BJP and Shiv Sena, which contested the October 21 state elections together, have been locked in a bitter tussle over sharing of the chief minister's post and are yet to start formal talks over government formation.

The stagnation continues. There is still no discussion about government formation. If the talks take place, it will only be on the subject of the prime minister's office, Raut told reporters here.

The Rajya Sabha member further said that Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was in Aurangabad on Sunday to take stock of the crop losses in that district due to unseasonal rains last month.

Earlier, in his weekly column in Sena spokesperson 'Saamana', Raut compared the dead end on government formation with a car caught in the mud of arrogance.

The BJP dared to impose the president's government on the state, saying that such a step would be the biggest defeat of the party's century.

His comments were presented in the context of the BJP's position that he will not share the position of the prime minister, and the comments of Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar that the state can address the president's government if the new government is not in force before 7 of November.

The BJP and Shiv Sena are currently at loggerheads over sharing of power in the new government.

There was also speculation that the Shiv Sena may join hands with the NCP and form government with outside support from the Congress.

Some state Congress leaders have said the party should support the Seine to keep the BJP out of power.

In the recent polls to 288-member state assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena -56, NCP-54 and Congress-44.