The Shiv Sena on Monday said that it has not taken any final decision as yet with regard to lending support to a BJP government in Maharashtra.
Party spokesperson Sanjay Raut said at a press conference that the party is yet to take a decision on whether to join the BJP in forming government in the state.
“We will announce our decision at the right time,” Raut added.
The remarks came amid reports this morning that the two parties had agreed to form a coalition government in Maharashtra.
As per sources, senior state leaders of the two parties met here this morning and at the meeting, Shiv Sena agreed to lend support to the BJP government.
Sources said details of the government formation are being worked out and a formal announcement could be made later today.
Raut, meanwhile, said that party chief Uddhav Thackeray met all elected Shiv Sena MLAs at the Sena Bhawan this afternoon. During the meeting, the party expressed gratitude towards the people of Maharashtra who voted for the Shiv Sena, he added.
He informed that all the MLAs today elected Uddhav as their legislature party leader.
Also, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and senior BJP leader JP Nadda postponed their Mumbai visit till Tuesday. The duo were scheduled to visit Mumbai to help choose the leader of the BJP legislature party in Maharashtra.
They were expected to meet Uddhav as well and discuss post-poll alliance.
BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who was said to be among the candidates for the CM’s post, also met today to discuss the situation in Maharashtra.
Gadkari meanwhile reiterated that he was not in the race for Maharashtra CM.
The NCP, which won 41 seats, had yesterday decided to unilaterally lend outside support to a BJP government in the state. But the BJP is not keen on taking outside support.