5 Cabinet, 7 MoS berths for Shiv Sena in Maharashtra: Report

Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena have reportedly finalised a power sharing formula that could see the latter joining the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government as also the government at the Centre.

Mumbai: Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena have reportedly finalised a power sharing formula that could see the latter joining the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government as also the government at the Centre.

According to sources Shiv Sena will get 5 Cabinet berths and 7 minister of state portfolios.

The power-sharing formula, according to media reports, was arrived at late Monday night between Shiv Sena and BJP leaders at Fadnavis' official residence 'Varsha' in South Mumbai.

At the meeting, the Shiv Sena was represented by Subhash Desai and Anil Desai, while the BJP delegation at the talks included Fadnavis and senior ministers Sudhir Mungantiwar, Vinod Tawde, and Chandrakant Patil.

Tawde later told media that various power sharing formulas were discussed during the meeting and eventually one of them was agreed upon.

He said top leaders of both parties will discuss the formula today and then take a final call on whether to go ahead with it or not.

On Monday, Fadnavis had expressed confidence that a positive outcome would emerge out of the talks with the Shiv Sena on the allotment of portfolios.

He said negotiations were heading in a positive direction, and added that the Shiv Sena was almost in agreement with the BJP's 2:1 seat sharing formula.

(With ANI inputs)

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