Shiv Sena MLAs moved to hotel
Raut said. “We don’t understand why BJP is not forming govt or staking claim. If it is not doing so, then it does not have majority support. If they don’t want to form a govt, then they should say so. We can form a govt with a Sena CM. If the BJP ...
The Sena also moved its MLAs to a hotel in Bandra to prevent a possible poaching by BJP.
“By not staking claim, BJP is preventing other parties from doing so.
But BJP’s line is ‘if we can’t form the government, then no one else can’.
This is against the Constitution,” Raut said. “We don’t understand why BJP is not forming government or staking claim. If it is not doing so, then it does not have majority support. If they don’t want to form a government, then they should say so. We can form a government with a Sena chief minister. If the BJP has the numbers, then it should give the list of 145 MLAs to the governor and form the government. We have the numbers and will show them on the floor of the House,” Raut said.
The Sena MP said BJP’s attempts at ‘threats and blackmail’ will not work, adding that people of the state wanted a Sena government in place.
The day began with all 56 Sena MLAs meeting party president Uddhav Thackeray who told them that he was not being discourteous to BJP and did not want to snap ties. “They tried to prove me a liar by claiming that there was no agreement on power-sharing.
I don’t want anything extra. They should honour what was promised before the Lok Sabha polls than remaining adamant,” said Thackeray. He said he was willing to talk with BJP leadership if “it agrees there is a power-sharing deal”. The Sena MLAs moved a one-line resolution entrusting full faith in Thackeray and authorised him to take whatever decision he thought was best. The MLAs moved to Rangsharda Hotel in Bandra where they will remain for two days.