Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has claimed that in his talk with Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, a possible compromise formula of sharing the Chief Minister post in Maharashtra was discussed.
"I had talked to Sanjay Raut ji about a compromise," Ramdas Athawale told news agency ANI.
"I suggested a formula of 3 years CM from BJP and 2 years CM from Shiv Sena to which he said that if BJP agrees then Shiv Sena can think about it," Athawale added.
He said that he would be speaking to the BJP leadership regarding the same.
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale: I had talked to Sanjay Raut ji about a compromise. I suggested him a formula of 3 years (CM from BJP) and 2 years (CM from Shiv Sena) to which he said that if BJP agrees then Shiv Sena can think about it. I will discuss this with BJP. pic.twitter.com/VRn7AiVgHF— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2019
Longstanding 'Safron Alliance' between the Shiv Sena and the BJP broke after the two failed to reach a mutual agreement as to who would become the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Since then, the Shiv Sena has been in talks with the NCP-Congress pre-poll alliance to form a government in Maharashtra.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had implemented president's rule in the state after giving suitable time to the indivisual parties to try and form a majority government.
Sanjay Raut has been vocal about the next CM being from his party. With this development, the politics of Maharashtra's government formation takes another twist.