The Sena wants this written agreement to be in place and become the basis for any subsequent negotiation on the shape of the BJP-Sena coalition government, particularly between the Sena chief and BJP president Amit Shah.
Newly-elected MLAs of the Sena, who met Uddhav Thackeray
at his residence in Mumbai, demanded that his son Aaditya Thackeray
be made the chief minister in the next government. Aaditya, 29, is now a legislator from Worli, the first Thackeray to do so.
While the Sena wants a system of rotational chief minister shared between the two parties, sources said it could be amenable to have Aaditya, given his administrative inexperience, serve as the chief minister in the latter half of the five-year tenure of the government.
In Chandigarh, newly elected BJP legislators unanimously elected Khattar as their leader. There have been murmurs against Khattar’s leadership, but he is the pick of the BJP’s central leadership. Delhi elections
are round the corner, and the national capital has a sizeable number of Punjabi voters who comprise the traditional support base of the BJP.
Khattar’s name was proposed by MLAs Anil Vij and Kanwar Pal and seconded by other party legislators. Khattar and Chautala later met the Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya to stake claim to form the government.
BJP later Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was also in Chandigarh to oversee Khattar re-elected as legislative party leader, said the BJP would not take the support of Sirsa MLA Gopal Kanda, a controversial politician who faces two abetment-to-suicide cases, to form the government. He said the BJP-JJP government will have only one deputy CM.
The BJP won 40 seats, falling five short of the majority mark in the 90-member Haryana assembly. While it secured support of several of the Independents, the party thought it fit to align with the JJP to not only placate the Jat community, both in Haryana as well as Delhi, but also provide more stability to the government.
In Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray
said that he had “other options open, which he is not interested in exploring since the BJP and the Sena are bound by the Hindutva ideology”.
The Sena won 56 seats, while the BJP won 150 in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly. The BJP is 39 seats short of the halfway mark. The MLAs authorised the Sena chief to take all decisions regarding government formation.
“The Shiv Sena contested fewer seats in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. Uddhav Thackeray has said the BJP should give a written assurance about implementing the power-sharing formula arrived at in the presence of Amit Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
at my residence about equal sharing of seats and power,” Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik quoted Uddhav Thackeray as saying after the meeting.
However, the Sena chief alluding to “other options” is more a pressure tactic since Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, as also Congress state unit chief Balasaheb Thorat have ruled out negotiating to sit in the government. Both have said their parties will sit in the Opposition.