Breaking the lull post Maharashtra Assembly election results, senior state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vinod Tawde on Sunday said that they would like Shiv Sena as allies to form government in the state.
“Talks are on with Shiv Sena, would like them as allies in Maharashtra,” he said.
“BJP wants to bring Shiv Sena into alliance and form Maharashtra government,” Tawde said.
He further said that a final decision over the matter will be taken only after a meeting of the Maharashtra BJP Legislature Party.
On the issue of allocation of portfolios, Tawde said, “If we come together in our minds, then we can discuss portfolios etc”.
Maharashtra BJP Legislature Party will meet on Tuesday to elect their leader, paving the way for him to meet Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and stake claim to form the government.
“The meeting to elect the Legislature Party Leader and the Chief Minister designate will be held at 11 am at Vidhan Bhavan on Tuesday (October 28),” said senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse.
Earlier, Khadse, Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis and senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde had met to discuss preparations for government formation.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP in-charge of Maharashtra JP Nadda would attend Tuesday’s meeting as observers.
The BJP legislature party leader would meet Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to stake claim to form the state government, he said.
“We will prove our majority in the house if the Governor desires,” Khadse said.
BJP, which has emerged as the single largest party in the elections held for the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, winning 122 seats, has already been offered unconditional outside support by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which won 41 seats.
With its 63 MLAs, Shiv Sena is the second largest party in the House.