MUMBAI: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday said if the BJP was not willing to fulfill its promise of sharing the chief minister’s post in Maharashtra, there was no point in continuing the alliance.
A day after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the Shiv Sena to stake claim to form government, Raut told reporters here that the BJP “insulted” people’s mandate by not abiding to the “50:50” formula which, he claimed, was decided before the Lok Sabha polls.
He also said that when the BJP could tie-up with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to form government in the then Jammu and Kashmir state, why the Sena could not do the same with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra.
“The BJP’s arrogance that it would sit in the opposition but not share the chief minister’s post has led to this situation. If the BJP is not willing to implement its promise, then there is no meaning in stay with the alliance,” the Rajya Sabha member said.
He also took a dim view of the governor giving 72 hours to the BJP to stake the claim, but just 24 hours to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.