Maharashtra: Shiv Sena still not giving in, won't attend Fadnavis's swearing-in ceremony

Sena not to attend Maha CM's swearing-in
Mumbai, Oct 30: The BJP will form a minority government in Maharashtra without the support of Shiv Sena, as of now, as the two parties have not yet arrived at a consensus over the same. Sena chief Uddav Thackeray has reportedly asked party leaders to skip oath taking ceremony of BJP's CM designate Devendra Fadnavis on Friday.

This development comes hours after BJP's general secretary and party's Maharashtra in-charge Rajiv Pratap Rudy claimed that none of Shiv Sena leaders will take oath in the new Maharashtra government on Friday.

"Talks with Shiv Sena going on very amicably, tweets BJP's RP Rudy, but no outcome yet," tweeted Rudy.

Shiv Sena is unlikely to join the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra to be sworn in tomorrow as talks for a possible tie-up are on with it in an "amicable atmosphere", Rudy added.

"It seems unlikely that any Shiv Sena minister will be sworn in tomorrow. Talks with Sena are on in an amicable atmosphere for a possible tie-up in Maharashtra but there has been no outcome yet," Rudy told PTI.

The BJP and Shiv Sena are now stuck over allocation of ministry. As per sources, the BJP has offered 12-13 minister of states to Sena but the latter demanded for more important portfolios.

Maintaining that BJP was looking forward to a decision soon, he said, "This may not happen tomorrow."

Rudy said BJP has accepted NCP's offer of outside support in the larger interest of development of Maharashtra.

"Any political group, formation or individual ready to extend unconditional support to the BJP government in the larger interest of development of Maharashtra will certainly be welcome without reservations," he said.

Asked if the party had submitted any written communication about NCP's support while staking claim to form government, he said, "We have not given any written submission. We have just staked claim for the formation of government as the single largest party."

Earlier in the day, Fadnavis had called Sena chief, NCP and Congress leaders to attend his oath taking ceremony. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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