Shiv Sena leaders meet NCP's Ajit Pawar, seek support for Speaker's post: Report

Even as the stalemate between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over Maharashtara alliance talks continues, the former's leaders met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar late on Friday night to gain support for the post of Speaker in the state Assembly, as per news reports on Saturday.

Shiv Sena leaders meet NCP's Ajit Pawar, seek support for Speaker's post: Report

Mumbai: Even as the stalemate between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over Maharashtara alliance talks continues, the former's leaders met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar late on Friday night to gain support for the post of Speaker in the state Assembly, as per news reports on Saturday.

The meeting was held even as Shiv Sena was yet to decide on the offer of two ministerial berths by BJP at the Centre.

Shiv Sena has been demanding the post of Deputy Chief Minister and other important ministries from the BJP in the Devendra Fadnavis government.

However, BJP has stated that it would only consider Shiv Sena's demands if it supports them in the upcoming November 12 trust vote without any preconditions.

The BJP currently has 121 MLAs plus one pre-poll ally Rashtriya Samaj Paksha. It needs the total strength of 145 members in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.

The 25-year old alliance between the former allies had ended in September after deadlock over seat-sharing formula.

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