BJP delays the formation of the government, creating a situation of government of the president: Sanjay Raut

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena senior leader on Thursday accused the BJP of delaying the process of government formation and creating a situation for the imposition of the president's government.

At a press conference, the Sena leader said that the BJP should declare that it cannot form the government and that Shiv Sena will take more measures.

Reiterating Shiv Sena’s demand to share the prime minister’s post, Raut said the state’s CM will be only from the party led by Uddhav Thackeray.

They will know on the floor of the house. We have the numbers, he said.

Why did the BJP leaders who met with the governor today have no right to claim? Why did they return empty-handed? They want to create a situation for the imposition of the president's government. The BJP doesn't have the numbers, he said.

In minimizing the Seine's decision to move all its MLAs to a hotel in the suburbs of Bandra, Raut said: Not all legislators have homes in Mumbai. Therefore, the party has decided to ensure that it has facilities under one roof.

After Thackeray presided over a meeting of the Sena MLAs at his residence here, all legislators were transferred to the Rangsharda Hotel in the suburbs of Bandra, amid political uncertainty and fear of crossing.

Raut also said there are no changes in Shiv Sena's position on government formation and that all legislators support.

Raut criticized the state minister and the BJP leader for saying that the prime minister is like a Shiv Sainik.

If you think you are from Shiv Sena, behave as such. For Shiv Sena, the word given is very important. For us it is like 'pran jaaye par vachan na jaaye' (the promise has more value than life). he said.

The BJP should show that it has 145 MLA in its support and form the government, he said.

When you say that the mandate is for 'Mahayuti', the mandate is also for what was agreed upon when the alliance was formalized. The mandate is to have a prime minister of Shiv Sena, he said.

Early in the morning, Raut said there have not yet been talks between RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Uddhav Thackeray about the formation of government in the state.

He also expressed his confidence that the MLA of the Seine and the opposition Congress and the NCP would not cross sides.

The BJP and Shiv Sena are engaged in a dispute over the issue of the prime minister's charge, resulting in a stalemate in government formation despite the results of the October 24 Assembly polls that give the alliance a combined strength of 161, beyond the mark of 145 majority in the house of 288 members.

In the polls, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and Congress won 44 seats.