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Shiv Sena Leaders Return to Mumbai After Meeting BJP Leaders in Delhi

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray during a meeting with the party leaders who were declared victorious in recent Maharashtra Assembly Polls on Oct.20, 2014. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray during a meeting with the party leaders who were declared victorious in recent Maharashtra Assembly Polls on Oct.20, 2014. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

After the discussions over the government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leaders Anil Desai and Subhash Desai returned to Mumbai on Wednesday for a brief Diwali break, hoping to resume talks next week.

According to reports, both Shiv Sena leaders met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP general secretary JP Nadda on Tuesday evening. The leaders are likely to visit Maharashtra after Diwali to discuss on the leadership issue and government formation.

Though talks were going on with Sena and BJP since Sunday, BJP had rejected Sena’s proposal of cabinet seat sharing after it won in the Maharashtra poll. A BJP leader has said on Tuesday, a BJP leader said, “Our primary aim is to run the government without the Sena’s support. We are in no hurry. If the Sena wants, it may join us but without any condition.”

While Sena has asked for an equal seat sharing, BJP has denied the proposal put forward by Sena of 21 seat and offered 14 seats with 10 key portfolios and no deputy CM post.

Meanwhile Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said, “We have two proposals on hand. Sena has been a natural ally, NCP has announced unconditional support…For BJP and Sena to become allies in the Maharashtra government could be a matter of course but if there is some difficulty that arises, you also have unconditional offer as far as NCP is concerned,” he said.

However, after BJP has declared that it is in no hurry of forming government with Sena but may move on to form its own government without its support, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was reportedly heading to Delhi for talks with BJP leaders.

According to reports, Uddhav himself is expected to head north this week and seek a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have a discussion likely on the government formation in Maharashtra.

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