If BJP not keeping promise, no point continuing alliance: Raut

If BJP not keeping promise, no point continuing alliance: Raut (Eds: Correcting typos in 4th para) Mumbai, Nov 11 (PTI) Senior Shiv Sena leader SanjayRaut on Monday said if the BJP was not willing to fulfill itspromise of sharing the chief minister's post in Maharashtra,there was no point in continuing the alliance.

A day after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited theShiv Sena to stake claim to form government, Raut toldreporters here that the BJP 'insulted' people's mandate by notabiding to the '50:50' formula which, he claimed, was decidedbefore the Lok Sabha polls.

He also said that when the BJP could tie-up with thePeople's Democratic Party (PDP) to form government in the thenJammu and Kashmir state, why the Sena could not do the samewith the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra.

'The BJP's arrogance that it would sit in theopposition but not share the chief minister's post has led tothis situation...if the BJP is not willing to implement itspromise, then there is no meaning in staying RPT staying withthe alliance,' the Rajya Sabha member said.

He also took a dim view of the governor giving 72hours to the BJP to stake the claim, but just 24 hours to theUddhav Thackeray-led party.

Reaching out to the opposition parties, he said theCongress and NCP should bury their internal differences tocome up with a 'common minimum programme' in the interest ofMaharashtra.

'The Sena, NCP and Congress agree on protecting theinterest of Maharashtra,' he said.

Hours after the BJP declined to form government inMaharashtra on Sunday, the governor asked the Sena to'indicate its willingness and ability' to stake claim.

The Sena, which is the second-largest party in the288-member House with 56 MLAs after the BJP (105), has timetill 7.30 pm on Monday to stake claim to form government.

While the Sena has been making efforts to reach out tothe NCP and the Congress, the Sharad Pawar-led party on Sundaysaid the Sena will have to walk out of the NDA first.

Sena leader Arvind Sawant, the lone party minister inthe Modi Cabinet, on Monday announced his decision to quit theNDA government at the Centre. PTI NDGK GKGK GK