Senior Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote on Monday said, "The Shiv Sena will not accept anything less than the 50:50 formula — this includes a two-and-a-half-year tenure through the rotation for the post of CM."
Raote, who was addressing reporters following a meeting with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, added, "It wants everything in writing from the BJP."
With Sena stuck on its demand for a 50:50 power-sharing formula and the Chief Minister’s post, the alliance partners are yet to formally stake claim to form the government.
The Congress fared better in the polls with 44 seats, and Sharad Pawar’s National Congress Party bounced back with 54 seats compared with 41 in 2014. Together, the Congress-NCP alliance has 98 MLAs.
Technically, the combined tally of Sena and Congress-NCP adds up to 154, significantly above the half-way mark of 144. But both the Congress and the NCP leadership have so far stayed away from any such speculation.