After the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, now all political parties are gearing up for the state assembly elections. So with an eye on the same, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has asked for the deputy chief minister’s post for the party. But the BJP hasn’t yet agreed to the Shiv Sena’s demand on record.
However, sources have told Mid-Day that the BJP is likely to offer the deputy CM’s post to the party for the remaining term. According to Mid-Day, the word about this has informally reached the Sena camp, as a senior Sena leader informed, rumours of a cabinet reshuffle after the Lok Sabha poll results have also raised the hopes of some Sena leaders of a promotion in the government.
On the other hand, the BJP government in the state is also preparing to offer farmers a complete waiver, and expand the relief to debt-ridden farmers who availed loans till last year. The report further states that BJP is likely to offer the deputy CM’s post to the Sena for the remaining term till October and also give Thackeray a couple of Cabinet berths.
“Accepting the offer would result in fierce competition between Sena hopefuls, and resentment in those who aren’t given the post. Rejecting it would mean the chief doesn’t want any deserving candidate elevated,” a senior Shiv Sena leader told the Mid-Day.
In the meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday attended the dinner meeting hosted by BJP chief Amit Shah. Elections to 542 seats of 543-member Lok Sabha ended on Sunday and counting of votes is scheduled for Thursday. Most exit polls have forecast another term for Prime Minister Modi, with some of them projecting that the BJP-led NDA would get over 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha.