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Sena BJP lock horns over CM’s post

Sanjay-vinodBJP miffed with Sanjay Raut’s statement of pushing forward Uddhav Thackeray’s name for the CM’s post.

Ever since BJP leader Gopinath Munde passed away the Shiv Sena has been trying to project Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has already said that Uddhav will become the CM of the state irrespective of whichever party wins maximum seat in the state. The BJP which has demanded more seats for contesting the assembly polls is unhappy with the stand taken by Sena and is in favour of nominating a person from the mahayuti alliance.

After an impressive performance in the Lok Sabha election the BJP has already demanded more than 117 seats to contest the assembly election. The tussle between both the parties will only intensify in the coming days if no headway is made. Moreover, the alliance is yet to find a suitable candidate who could succeed Gopinath Munde who was known as crisis manager of BJP.

The saffron party has stated that it’s too premature to announce the name of the chief ministerial candidate at this juncture.

Gopal Shetty said, “There is a good wave for Shiv-Sena, BJP and Mahayuti alliance in Maharashtra. I don’t want to comment on Raut’s statement. The CM candidate will belong to Mahayuti alliance.”

BJP leader Vinod Tawde has said that the CM candidate is yet to be decided. He said, “The alliance has still not decided who the CM will be. Shiv Sena would want Uddhav to be CM but the alliance will decide unanimously.”

On Wednesday, the first day of a two-day Shiv Sena conclave in Mumbai, Shiv Sena members raised slogans calling for Uddhav Thackeray to field himself as the CM candidate. Even though there was no resolution made but party members began projecting Uddhav as the chief ministerial candidate. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has already put forward Uddhav’s name for the top job.

Ek hi naam hai Maharashtra ke CM ke liye, Uddhav Thackeray (There is only one name for the post of Maharashtra CM – Uddhav Thackeray),” Sanjay Raut.

Raut expressed confidence that the Shiv Sena will get complete majority on its own. He wants the party to bag more seats and become stronger than its alliance partner BJP.

To a question about the BJP’s stand that whoever gets the maximum seats would get the chief minister’s post, Raut said, “There is no agreement about it… In any condition, chief minister would be from Shiv Sena. We will get the required numbers.”

In the past, Shiv Sena has also strongly objected to the friendliness of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) with the BJP in the run-up to the general elections.

Shiv Sena has already begun a campaign centred around Uddhav instead of Sena as his photos are being printed on banners and posted on social networking sites.

On the other hand, Uddhav Thackeray clarified that the decision about chief ministerial candidate will be taken by having a discussion with the Mahayuti alliance.

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