As the Maharashtra government formation is still not clear, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has in a press conference said the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party and his party will work out a formula for formation of the government in Maharashtra.
Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party over its claim that the Sena was in touch with the Congress-NCP since the October 24 poll results, Thackeray said he had allied with the chief National Democratic Alliance constituent in its “dark times”.
“I officially spoke to the Congress-NCP only yesterday (November 11), seeking support for government formation. We will work out a formula for the same,” he told reporters after meeting the Sena’s MLA-elects at a Mumbai resort.
He said the Sena needs a clarity on the common minimum programme just like the Congress and the NCP if a government is to be formed with their support.
He further stated that BJP-Shiv Sena were together for many years but now Shiv Sena has to go with Congress-NCP. We’ll hold further talks with both of them. I would like to thank Arvind Sawant, many people have lust for ministerial post but he isn’t like that. Proud of him.
The Sena president took a dig at Governor B S Koshyari over denial of more time to drum up support for government formation in the state, where President’s rule was imposed on Tuesday.
The Sena had failed to produce the required letters of support of the NCP and the Congress when it met the Governor on Monday night to stake a claim to form government.
“The Maharashtra governor had given us a letter (asking the Sena to show willingness to form government) even before the deadline allotted to the BJP got over. We then asked the governor for additional time, which he denied. Now it seems, the governor has given us ample time of six months to decide on government formation,” Thackeray said sarcastically.