New Delhi, Oct 30 : After days of hard bargaining, Shiv Sena on Wednesday made a minor climb down in its stance vis-a-vis relations with BJP and said it is vital to save and serve 'larger interest' of Maharashtra.
“Individuals are not important but state’s interest is important. Decisions need to be taken in a calm manner," Mr Raut said in Mumbai and said this ought to be done to keep the state’s interest. The BJP needs Sena's support to cross 144 marks to stake claim to form the next government.
Shiv Sena is a demanding 50:50 share of the Chief Minister’s post by both the parties.
However, the BJP wants to retain the top post for the next five years. Mr Raut said “respect” is important but it may be necessary for the Sena to remain in the saffron alliance.
Earlier in the day, in Mumbai, Devendra Fadnavis was re-elected as the leader of the Maharashtra BJP legislature party. (UNI)