Best wishes if you think you can form govt: Raut to Fadnavis

Best wishes if you think you can form govt: Raut to Fadnavis (Eds: with additional details) Mumbai, Nov 8 (PTI) Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut onFriday said he extends his 'best wishes' to Devendra Fadnavisif the BJP leader was confident of forming the government inMaharashtra.

Chief Minister Fadnavis handed over his resignation tothe governor on Friday afternoon after the deadlock overgovernment formation in the state could not be broken even afortnight after the Assembly poll results were out.

'If the chief minister says there will be a BJPgovernment again under his leadership, my best wishes to them.

In democracy, those who have majority form the government andget the chief minister's post,' Raut said.

'I also say, on behalf of my party, that we can formgovernment if we want and there can be a Shiv Sena chiefminister,' Raut told reporters.

He also dismissed Fadnavis's allegation that the ShivSena leaders unfairly criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modiand BJP chief Amit Shah.

'Shiv Sena made no personal remarks about Modi orShah. It is a wrong statement. We have always respected PM andthe Home Minister. You can see our statements,' Raut said.

He rubbished Fadnavis's allegation that Sena leadersheld discussions with NCP and Congress amid the currentstalemate.

'In several states, the BJP formed alliances withthose who differ with the BJP ideologically, who hadcriticised (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi Saheb or otherleaders.

'BJP joined hands with several parties which hadopposed it on issues ranging from Ram temple to Article 370.

So the BJP should not talk about the Sena (on its criticismof the BJP and Modi) which takes strong nationalist position,'he added.

To a question on Fadnavis's resignation as the chiefminister, Raut said it was as per the tradition.

There has been no headway in government formation inthe state even a fortnight after Assembly poll results wereannounced on October 24.

The BJP and Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle over thechief minister's post, resulting in a stalemate despite thepoll results giving the saffron alliance a combined seatstrength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.

Shiv Sena's deputy leader Priyanka Chaturvedi alsosaid that the party did not speak a single word against Modiand BJP chief Amit Shah.

'Not a word was spoken against Narendra Modi ji andAmit Shah ji, sad that Former CM of Maharashtra DevendraFadnavis dragged them to speak disparagingly of an alliancepartner of past 3 decades. Policy decisions? Yes, but personalattacks? No,' she tweeted. PTI ENMKRK KRK