Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut meets Sharad Pawar again

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut meets Sharad Pawar again

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After BJP said its door was "open 24 hours" to discuss a formula with the Shiv Sena, Sena leader Sanjay Raut has met NCP leader Sharad Pawar again. The meeting during the last hours has kicked up news rumours of a government formation in Maharashtra by Shiv Sena along with the Congress and NCP.

Only when 48-hour deadline remains to form a new government in Maharashtra, BJP made a public statement on Tuesday to Shiv Sena that its door was open ‘24 hours’ but Devendra Fadnavis would be Chief Minister and that was non-negotiable.

But rejecting this offer, Sena's Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said : "There is no need for a new proposal now".

"Our alliance was formed on the basis of an agreement over the chief minister's post. It was a one-line agreement that was decided before we fought elections together...why waste time talking of a new proposal," Sanjay Raut questioned, speaking to reporters.

"Talks will only be on the proposal that was already discussed. If there is President's Rule in Maharashtra, it will be unfair to the people. We will not be responsible for President's rule," Mr Raut said.

The Sena has been adamant on what it calls a "50:50 formula" it says was discussed with the BJP for rotational chief ministership and equal distribution of ministries. The BJP has rejected any talk of Devendra Fadnavis, its Chief Minister, sharing the post with the Sena.