MUMBAI, Nov 4 - Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis met Amit Shah, Sharad Pawar met Sonia Gandhi and Sanjay Raut met the Governor on Monday, but there was no clarity yet on the formation of a new government in the state, 11 days after declaration of the Assembly poll results.
After his meeting with Gandhi in Delhi, NCP chief Pawar ruled out any possibility of his return as state CM.
Asked if the NCP is considering supporting the Shiv Sena, Pawar said, �No one from Shiv Sena has contacted me on this. The mandate for us (NCP) is to sit in the opposition. We do not have enough numbers to be in this race.�
Fadnavis, who met Shah in the national capital to seek Central relief for state farmers hit by unseasonal rains, said the new government will be formed soon, but did not mention if the Shiv Sena will be a part of the new dispensation.
The Sena is not creating any hurdles in formation of a government in the state, Raut said after meeting the Governor as the political stalemate saw no sign of resolution.
Whoever enjoys majority should be allowed to form government, said Raut, who has been vociferously articulating the Sena�s demand for equal distribution of power and sharing the chief minister�s post.
�We informed the Governor that the Shiv Sena is not responsible for the current political situation in the state over formation of new government,� he said.
Raut, who is also executive editor of Sena mouthpiece Saamana, said his party is not creating any hurdles in formation of the new government in Maharashtra, where assembly election results were announced on October 24.
�The Governor informed us that there is some time for government formation in Maharashtra. He said any political party (which commands majority) can come forward and stake claim (to form government),� Raut said.
�We agree that the Governor is functioning within the framework of the Constitution,� said the Rajya Sabha member.
The meeting came at a time when the BJP and the Shiv Sena are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the latter�s demand for equal distribution of portfolios and sharing the chief minister�s post. The BJP has rejected the Sena�s demand for sharing the chief minister�s post for 2.5 years each. � PTI