Mumbai: The seat sharing tussle majorly between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena is not falling on the concluding lines despite the deadline for formation of Maharashtra government is approaching soon. Amid war of words between the leaders of both parties, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari hopes to form a BJP-Shiv Sena government in the state under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Talking to reporters during his sudden flight to Nagpur, Gadkari said, "Devendra Fadnavis is the choice and he should lead the government. The BJP won 105 seats so the Chief Minister should be from the BJP."
Maharashtra, however, has turned a battle ground since the results were announced in the state for the recently concluded assembly poll, pitching for an alliance government.
There were reports that Shiv Sena wants Gadkari to mediate between both the parties, to which he said, "I am in New Delhi and there is no chance of my coming to Maharashtra."
The BJP and the Shiv Sena won a clear majority in last month's Maharashtra election, with 105 seats for the BJP and 56 for the Sena. Meanwhile, the political cirles in the state took new turn after Sena's demand for a 50:50 deal.
The deadline for forming the government in Maharastra is approaching in less than 24 hours from writing this news but Sena remains firm on its demands of chief minister for half the term and an equal share in potfolios.
Contratry to this, the BJP has maintained that Devendra Fadnavis will continue as Chief Minister for a full term.
All eyes have turned to Gadkari who kept a great chord with Shiv Sena founder, late Bal Thackeray and now has a great understaing with his son Uddhav Thackeray.