As the deadlock over power sharing in Maharashtra continues, the Shiv Sena has turned to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat to get a breakthrough.
In a letter, Kishore Tiwari , the Shiv Sena leader and a close friend of Nitin Gadkari, has asked RSS Supremo Mohan Bhagwat to step in to solve the crisis. The letter also criticized the BJP for not following "coalition dharma".
“People in Maharashtra have delivered a mandate in favour of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. But the BJP's failure to follow 'coalition dharma' is delaying the formation of new government in Maharashtra. Therefore, the RSS "should intervene and resolve the issue," the letter said.
But RSS did not respond to this appeal till now. In Maharashtra, new government formation met with a crisis after Shiv Sena demanded 50:50 power share and a rotational system for the Chief Minister's post.
As the Shiv Sena had refused to back down from its demand, even though the BJP has made it clear that it would not share Chief Minister post. Using its mouthpiece Marathi-newspaper ‘Saamana’, Shiv Sena has continuously been making public anti-BJP rhetoric has also worsened the issue. As no response came from the BJP camp despite a series of provocation through Saamnaa, the Sena has even announced that it was ready to go with Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress to form government.
Even after a meeting between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP chief Amit Shah, the BJP has not issued any positive response to Sena till now. After the meeting on Monday morning, Mr Fadnavis told reporters that there is a need to form the government in Maharashtra at the earliest.
The deadline for government formation in the state is fast approaching as the term of the Maharashtra assembly ends on November 9. The BJP-Shiv Sena coalition platform has won 161 seats out of total 288-seat Maharashtra assembly.