A new government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be formed ‘very soon’ in Maharashtra, senior state minister and Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party chief Chandrakant Patil said in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters after a meeting of the state BJP core team, Patil said people of Maharashtra have given a mandate to the BJP-Shiv Sena ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance) for forming the next government.
“The Shiv Sena has so far not given us any proposal. BJP’s doors are open 24×7 for them,” the minister said.
“We don’t have any doubt that a Fadnavis-led government will be formed soon,” he said.
There has been no headway yet in government formation after results of the October 21 assembly polls were declared on October 24.
The BJP and Shiv Sena are locked in a bitter tussle over the issue of chief minister’s post, resulting in a stalemate in government formation despite results of the assembly polls giving the BJP-Sena alliance a combined seat strength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar hinted at a possible breakthrough in the ongoing deadlock, saying a ‘good news’ can come at any moment.
He was speaking to reporters after attending the meeting.
“A good news regarding government formation can come at any moment,” Mungantiwar said.
The Sena had called of a meeting to hold formal talks with the BJP on October 29 after the chief minister rejected Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s claims that a formula had been
‘agreed upon’ on ‘equal sharing of power’ ahead of the Lok Sabha elections held in April-May this year.
High-profile meetings in New Delhi on Monday between Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and his Congress counterpart Sonia Gandhi, and the one between Fadnavis and BJP chief Amit Shah had failed to give any indication of breaking the logjam over government formation.
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