Shiv Sena accuses BJP of using ‘money power’ to win over MLAs amid Maharashtra deadlock

Partners of 30 years, BJP and Sena have been locked in a tussle over a power-sharing pact since the results of the Assembly elections were announced on October 24.
Shiv Sena on Thurday launched yet another attack on Bharatiya Janata Party accusing it of trying to poach recently-elected lawmakers as the stand-off between the two warring allies over government formation in Maharashtra continued.

The claims comes on the day Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has convened a meeting of party legislators. The party chief is expected to seek view of the MLAs on the ongoing political scenario in the state and discuss party’s way forward even as ally BJP is expected to meet the Governor today.

Partners of 30 years, BJP and Sena have been locked in a tussle over a power-sharing pact since the results of the Assembly elections were announced on October 24. While BJP is the single-largest party with 105 seats, Sena has 56 seats in the 288-member Assembly. The standoff has been over sharing the chief minister’s post and important ministerial berths, with Sena insisting that an agreement was reached on the same in pre-poll talks and BJP denying it.

“Whoever has the numbers will form the government and become the chief minister, this is our opinion. But if corruption is used to manage the numbers then the people will not forgive,” the editorial said.

The write-up added that ‘complaints’ had emerged that some people were “in touch with new MLAs. And all this is being done with the backing and blessings of BJP leaders or the chief minister.”

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