After much deliberation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be all set to join with its former ally Shiv Sena to form a coalition government in Maharashtra, where BJP won as the single largest party in the recent election.
State BJP leader Vinod Tawde has reportedly said that the Sena is their “natural ally” on Friday. He said, “The Shiv Sena is our natural ally and therefore, we are keen to ally with them to form the new government.”
Though Tawde mentioned Sena as the natural ally, he warned that Uddhav Thackeray’s party should not make demands on ministers or impose conditions on joining the government. “If conditions are kept and if they start making demands to allocate them ministries of their choice, things will become difficult to form the government. They should understand that we have to form the government for the well-being of the people. There should not be any conditions kept before us,” he said.
Meanwhile, in the midst of chance for coalition, Shiv Sena MP’s are reportedly expected to attend the high tea that is hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Sunday.
However, according to reports, when asked about inviting Uddhav, one of the senior leader responded, “The event that the PM is hosting is only for the MPs of NDA partners. When Uddhavji is not an MP, where is the question of him being invited? This is not even a question worth asking.”
He said that there is no need of an invitation for Uddhav to meet Modi. He asked, “If Uddhavji wants to meet PM Modi, he will directly go and meet him alone. Why should he need a dinner invite to meet him?”
On Friday, after meeting Uddhav, Ramdas Athawale has said that Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was very keen on forming a coalition with his estranged ally BJP for the formation of government in Maharashtra. He said, “Uddhav Thackeray told me that he is very keen on form- ing the next government in alliance with BJP…Details of how the portfolios will be shared will be revealed once the talks take place in the next two days. But there is no doubt about the alliance of both parties now. Uddhav is completely ready to support the BJP.”
However, while BJP-Shiv Sena bond for forming the Maharashtra government is likely to go ahead, the chances for minor parties to join with BJP seems to be less.