BJP, Shiv Sena meet Governor separately amid power-sharing tussle

The BJP and Shiv Sena met the state Governor separately today, after locking themselves in a power tussle.

After contesting the Maharashtra polls together and winning a majority, the two allies have been fighting for the Chief Minister’s chair.

The Shiv Sena delegation led by Diwakar Raote met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in the morning. After that, the BJP’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met with him.

Official statements from both the parties talk about exchange Diwali greetings with the Governor. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

The Governor needs to invite the single largest party to form the government, or the alliance that has a clear majority. The Sena-BJP pre-poll alliance won a clear majority with the BJP as the single largest party.

The BJP won fewer seats than they predicted making them even more dependent on Shiv Sena. Therefore, Shiv Sena has used this opportunity to bargain a  better deal. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reminded the BJP of the “50:50 formula” for power sharing the two had talked about before the national election earlier this year.

Meaning, a Chief Minister each from the two parties will split the five-year term and this the Sena wants in writing from the BJP president Amit Shah.

The BJP president is expected to meet with Uddhav Thackeray, to work out a power-sharing arrangement.

The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly and the Shiv Sena ended up with 56.  Together, the two have 161 seats, way past the half-way mark of 144.