Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday that the post of Chief Minister was an important question and that it will be decided based on 50-50 formula.
The Shiv Sena, buoyed by a hugely improved performance, is talking of a 50:50 division of cabinet berths and a turn at the chief minister's post. The trends are seen as a wake-up call for the BJP, which contested the state elections on national themes.
The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are ahead in around 150 of the state's 288 assembly seats. But the tally is still way below the 250 seats they were expecting. The BJP, particularly, fell short of expectations. The party was hoping to cross the majority mark on its own steam, but is leading in around 100 seats - way below its 2014 tally of 122. The Sena is heading for a tally of around 60.