Indirectly luring the Shiv Sena, NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal asked: "Does Shiv Sena want Deputy CM or CMs post?"
He was talking to the media persons on Friday. But Chhagan Bhujbal’s question is circulating the media as an offer from NCP to Shiv Sena to form Government. But many NCP senior leaders have made it clear that NCP and Sharad Pawar will not dilute policies for power.
On Thursday, indicating that he would drive a hard bargain in talks with the ally Bharatiya Janata Party during government formation, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday that it was time to implement "50-50" formula for power-sharing. Asked by reporters which party will get the chief minister's post, Thackeray said, "It is time to remind the BJP about the formula arrived at when BJP chief Amit Shah visited my home....we had decided on fifty-fifty formula for the alliance."
"We agreed to contest fewer seats (than the BJP), but I cannot accommodate the BJP every time. I should allow my party to grow," Thackeray said.
Fadnavis, however, remain unaffected by the dip in BJP's tally and subtly reminded his ally that not only did the BJP secure more number or seats, it also had a better strike rate than Sena. Fadnavis said the BJP contested 260 seats in 2014 and won 122. "This time, we contested 150 seats and our allies 14 and as per trends, we are likely to win 105 seats. Our strike rate was 47 per cent in 2014, now it is 70 per cent," he said.