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Fadnavis Ministry by tomorrow: BJP

Senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar and state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil to meet the governor today to stake claim on behalf of Fadnavis and a new government would take oath by Friday.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 07, 2019, 08.12 AM IST
BJP is hopeful of winning the support of Sena. “We will clear all issues. A new government will be formed,” Sudhir Mungantiwar said.
MUMBAI: The BJP has said that it would stake claim to form the next government in Maharashtra, 13 days after the assembly verdict. Emerging after a two-hour meeting of the party core committee in Mumbai on Friday, senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said that state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil and he will meet the governor on Thursday and a new government would take oath by Friday. There is still suspense on Shiv Sena’s support, which BJP needs to run a majority government.

“We will meet the governor tomorrow on behalf of the chief minister,” Mungantiwar said. The core committee meet also discussed BJP organisational shake up in Maharashtra and appointment of new state chief by December 31. There will be changes in district and even booth committees too, he said.

BJP is hopeful of winning the support of Sena. “We will clear all issues. A new government will be formed,” he said. The Sena leadership has called a meeting of its 56 Sena MLAs at Matoshree, the residence of party supremo Uddhav Thackeray. The party has not backed down on its claim for the CM post on rotational basis yet. On BJP staking claim to form the government, Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, “it is good. We have been telling that the largest party should stake claim to form the government. It should submit the list of a minimum 145 MLAs to the governor and form the government.”

On Wednesday, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Hussain Dalwai said after a meeting with Raut that there should not be a BJP chief minister under any circumstance. “We want a Sena chief minister as it is preferred over BJP. BJP does not even have the mandate,” Dalwai said. Raut said that a number of Congress leaders wanted a Sena government. “We appreciate and are honoured by their calls and sentiment. Everyone wants a Sena chief minister,” Raut said.

BJP leaders, however, are confident that Sena will come around. “Its MLAs were quiet because there was talk that NCP and Congress would support Sena. If BJP forms the government, there will be pressure from Sena MLAs to join the government,” said a leader who added that BJP has offered the revenue, PWD and housing portfolios to Sena and may consider even irrigation to win it over. The post of deputy CM has also been offered too but not home or urban development portfolios.

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