Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday asserted that a strong and stable government, led by his party, will be formed in Maharashtra in the coming days.
The statement comes a day after Raut met NCP supremo Sharad Pawar to discuss government formation in the state.
“A Shiv Sena-led government will be formed in Maharashtra soon. It will be a stable, strong and effective government. We want Uddhav Thackerey to lead the government,” Raut said during a press conference.
He said that the Shiv Sena led government will have the support of 170 MLAs in the assembly.
“Shiv Sena is the largest party in the country. We have 18 MP and we are going to form a government in Maharashtra. We don’t need anyone’s interference. We will have the support of 170 MLAs on the floor,” Raut said.
The senior leader also stated that there is a consensus across party lines that the President’s rule should end in the state.
“I talked about the formation of government in the meeting with NCP leader Sharad Pawar yesterday. There is a consensus across party lines be it Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress or BJP that a government should be formed in the state,” he added.
On Monday, Raut met Pawar at his residence, merely hours after the NCP chief met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.
President’s rule came into effect in Maharashtra after parties failed to form a government in the state. Shiv Sena and BJP, which contested the assembly polls together, parted ways due to disagreement over sharing the Chief Minister’s post.
The Sena subsequently reached out to NCP and Congress to seek their support in forming a government.
In the Assembly elections held last month, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party with 105 seats, followed by the Shiv Sena (56), the NCP (54) and the Congress (48) in the 288-member House.