Power struggle in Maharashtra: There is no clarity despite the meetings of Pawar-Sonia, Fadnavis-Shah

MUMBAI: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis met Amit Shah, Sharad Pawar met Sonia Gandhi and he met with the governor on Monday, but there was still no clarity about the formation of a new government in the state, 11 days after the declaration of the results of the Assembly survey.

After his meeting with Gandhi in Delhi, PCN chief Pawar ruled out any possibility of his return as a state CM.

When asked if the PNC is considering supporting Shiv Sena, Pawar said: No one from Shiv Sena He has contacted me about this. The mandate for us (NCP) is to sit in opposition. We don't have enough numbers to be in this race.

Fadnavis, who met Shah in the national capital to seek Central relief for state farmers hit by unseasonal rains, said the new government will be formed soon, but did not mention if the Shiv Sena will be a part of the new dispensation.

The Seine is not creating any obstacle to the formation of a government in the state, Raut said after meeting with the governor since the political stalemate saw no signs of resolution.

Whoever enjoys the majority should be able to form a government, said Raut, who has been vociferously articulating Sena's demand for an equitable distribution of power and sharing the prime minister's position.

We informed the governor that the Shiv Sena is not responsible for the current political situation in the state over formation of new government, he said.

Raut, who is also the executive editor of Sena spokesperson 'Saamana', said his party is not creating obstacles to the formation of the new government in Maharashtra, where the results of the assembly elections were announced on October 24.

The governor informed us that there is a time for the formation of the government in Maharashtra. He said that any political party (which commands the majority) can come forward and claim (to form the government), Raut said.

We agree that the governor is functioning within the framework of the Constitution, said member of Rajya Sabha.

The meeting came at a time when the BJP and the Shiv Sena are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the latter's demand for equal distribution of portfolios and sharing the chief minister's post. The BJP has rejected the Sena's demand for sharing the chief minister's post for 2.5 years each.

In the October 21 polls to the 288-member Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats followed by the Shiv Sena 56, the NCP 54 and the Congress 44.

A marathi newspaper, widely seen inclined towards the RSS, compared Monday to 'Betaal', the mythological ghost known for challenging King Vikramaditya with his ingenious riddles.

Tarun Bharat, the Nagpur-based publication that is believed to be close to the Sangh and its BJP political extension, said it was hurting the chances of the BJP-Sena alliance coming to power in Maharashtra.

The late Balasaheb Thackeray spent his entire life seizing power from Congress and the PCN. But this 'Betaal' is trying to break his dreams, the editorial said.

Meanwhile, the Seine said that the complexities of government formation in Maharashtra should not push rain-affected farmers into an existential crisis and demanded that they be provided with an aid package of approximately Rs 30,000 million.

Farmers in the state need to be saved at any cost, he said in an editorial at the mouthpiece of the 'Saamana' party, while qualifying as inadequate the Rs 10,000 crore aid announced by the state government for crop damage due to rains not seasonal

Raut tweeted on Monday a photo of him with the party boss along with a message, saying the trip is enjoyable before reaching the goal.

Rajya Sabha member, whose party defends the cause of 'Marathi Manoos', posted the message in Hindi on his Twitter account. The post says: Lakshya tak pahunchne is pahle safar me mazaa aataa hai.

Raut in the publication also greeted his followers with the slogan Jai Hind, although the party has long insisted on using the greeting: Jai Maharashtra.

A BJP minister in the state said some of his party leaders are willing to re-election in the state. BJP leaders expressed this opinion during a review meeting held in Dhule district on Sunday, Jaykumar Rawal said.

Independent MLA Ravi Rana, who has extended support to the BJP in Maharashtra, alleged that some 25 MLAs of the Shiv Sena were in touch with him over formation of the next government.

He called Sena very arrogant and said that the party led by Uddhav Thackeray will be divided and that almost two dozen MLAs will join the BJP if Fadnavis forms the next government without his saffron ally.

Rana, along with his wife and Lok Sabha member Navneet Kaur Rana met Koshyari here. There are 25 MLAs of the Shiv Sena who are in touch with me for government formation. If Fadnavis forms a government without the Shiv Sena, in the next two months there will be a split in the Sena and 25 MLAs would join the party, I said.