Written bySiddhant Pandey
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the party will soon drop its "wait and watch mode."
In an article titled 'Is President In Your Pocket? Insult To Maharashtra' published in Shiv Sena's mouthpiece Saamana on Saturday, Raut stated that the BJP's "threatening statement" was "unconstitutional."
Raut also told reporters, "In India, the President protects the Constitution. Has this threat been given after the party exhausted all its means to claim power? Sena will soon drop its wait-and-watch mode in Maharashtra."
Raut stated, "Is the President under your (BJP's) control or President's stamp is at BJP's office which will be used if party is not able to form government in the state and President's rule can be imposed in Maharashtra?"
Further, calling Mungatiwar's statement "unconstitutional," Raut questioned, "The question is why is the government not being formed in Maharashtra.... Who will give the answer?"
He added, "Should people of Maharashtra be held responsible for the announcement of a BJP leader becoming chief minister again and no claims to form the government? The warning to impose President's rule is like Mughals threatening..."
With the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly due for dissolution on November 8, Mungatiwar on Friday had warned that President's rule would be imposed if a new government isn't formed until November 7.
BJP and Shiv Sena have been debating over a 50:50 rule, wherein the Shiv Sena demands that BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Sena's Aaditya Thackeray will share CM's post for 2.5 years each.
To recall, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had won majority in the recent Maharashtra Assembly polls, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party.
The saffron party bagged 105 seats in the 288-member Assembly while the Shiv Sena won 56 seats.
Meanwhile, the Congress party won 44 seats and the Nationalist Congress Party won 54 seats in the October 21 elections.
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