BJP delaying govt formation, creating Prez rule situation:Raut (Eds: Adding details) Mumbai, Nov 7 (

BJP delaying govt formation, creating Prez rule situation:Raut (Eds: Adding details) Mumbai, Nov 7 (PTI) Senior Shiv Sena leader SanjayRaut on Thursday accused the BJP of delaying the process ofgovernment formation in Maharashtra and creating a situationfor the imposition of President's rule.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the BJPshould declare that it is unable to form the government andthen the Shiv Sena will take further steps.

Reiterating the Shiv Sena's demand for sharing thechief minister's post, he said the state's CM will be from theUddhav Thackeray-led party only.

'You will know on the floor of the House. We have thenumbers,' he claimed.

'Why did the BJP leaders who met the governor todaydid not stake claim? Why did they return empty-handed? Theywant to create a situation for the imposition of President'srule. The BJP does not have the numbers,' he said.

Downplaying the Sena's decision to shift all its MLAsto a hotel in suburban Bandra, Raut said, 'Not all legislatorshave homes in Mumbai. So, the party has decided to ensure theyget facilities under one roof.' After Thackeray chaired a meeting of the Sena MLAs athis residence here, all the legislators were shifted toRangsharda Hotel in suburban Bandra, amid the politicaluncertainty and fear of cross over.

Raut also said that there is no change in the ShivSena's stand on government formation and all the legislatorssupport Uddhav Thackeray.

Raut criticised state minister and BJP leader SudhirMungantiwar for saying that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavisis 'like a Shiv Sainik'.

'If you think you are from the Shiv Sena, behave likeone. For the Shiv Sena, the given word is very important. Forus it is like 'pran jaaye par vachan na jaaye' (promise hasgreater value than life),' he said.

The BJP should show it has 145 MLAs in its support andform the government, he said.

'When you say the mandate is for 'Mahayuti', themandate is also for what was agreed upon when the alliance wasformalised. The mandate is for having a Shiv Sena chiefminister,' he said.

Earlier in the morning, Raut said there have been notalks yet between RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and UddhavThackeray on government formation in the state.

He also expressed confidence that MLAs of the Sena,and the opposition Congress and NCP 'would not cross sides'.

The BJP and Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle over theissue of the chief minister's post, resulting in a stalematein government formation despite results of the October 24Assembly polls giving the alliance a combined seat strength of161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.

In the polls, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56,NCP-54 and the Congress won 44 seats. PTI MR VTGK GK