The Shiv Sena, engaged in a tussle with the BJP over the Chief Minister’s post, has been hinting that it is ready to form the government with Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress. Senior party leader Sanjay Raut even met the Governor on Monday, during which, he said, they discussed the political situation in the state.
The Sena is also understood to have sent out feelers to the NCP. Raut had earlier met Sharad Pawar, though he later said it was a courtesy call after Diwali. On Sunday, Mr Pawar’s nephew and senior party leader Ajit Pawar said Raut had also reached out to him.
Later in the evening, sources in the Congress said Sonia Gandhi has entirely ruled out any dealing with Sena, though a section of the party’s state leaders are said to be in favour of it. She has given a “polite political no” to Pawar’s suggestions, sources said.
After the meeting, Pawar told reporters that Sena-BJP tussle was their “internal matter” and that the Sena has not given him “any assurance”. But he also admitted that he does not have the numbers to “be in the government” and that he was ready to sit in the opposition. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).