BJP-Shiv Sena Fallout: Sanjay Raut Confirms Party Will Not Attend NDA Meeting Ahead of Winter Session
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. (Photo Credits: IANS)

Mumbai, November 16: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut confirmed that his party will not attend the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting ahead of the winter session in Delhi, adding further fuel to the talks of growing acrimony between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Shiv Sena and the BJP, who had fought the polls together, could not form the government due to differences over power-sharing. Maharashtra Government Formation: Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar to Meet on November 17 to Firm Up Alliance With Shiv Sena.

The BJP emerged as the single-largest party in the state with 105 seats in 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44. Maharashtra came under President’s Rule after no party was able to form the government after the assembly polls. Maharashtra Government Formation: Congress, Shiv Sena, NCP Leaders to Meet Governor BS Koshyari on Saturday to Discuss Farmer Issues.

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The Shiv Sena is involved in talks with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress to finalise the Common Minimum Programme (CMP). The Shiv Sena and the BJP, who had fought the polls together, could not form the government due to differences over power-sharing. The Congress party will first sort-out modalities with its alliance partner Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) only after which it will initiate talks with Shiv Sena for the government formation in Maharashtra, told party sources.

As per sources, the party is in favour of "NCP-Congress plus Shiv Sena" option and not "NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena" option.Senior leaders of the party met Sonia Gandhi here on Friday and discussed the developments in Maharashtra. They said the party will first talk to the NCP and was apparently in favour of "NCP-Congress plus Shiv Sena" option and not "NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena" option, reported ANI.