No point continuing alliance if BJP won't keep promise: Raut

No point continuing alliance if BJP won't keep promise: Raut (Eds: Adding quotes) 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.

The BJP on Sunday announced it would not formgovernment in the state and accused the Shiv Sena of'disrespecting' people's mandate secured by the NDA in therecent Assembly polls.

'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 with thealliance,' the Rajya Sabha member said.

To a query, he said when the BJP could tie-up with thePeople's Democratic Party (PDP) to form government in the thenJammu and Kashmir state, why the Sena cannot do the same withthe NCP and Congress in Maharashtra.

'Should we call the BJP's association with PDP as'love jihad'? I am simply underscoring here the contradictionbehind the question,' Raut said.

The PDP, a regional party, and the BJP, bothideologically different, came together to form government inthe erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state in 2015. However, theBJP ended its alliance with the Mehbooba Mufti-led party lastyear, following which the government there collapsed.

Raut also expressed disappointment over the UddhavThackeray-led party being given just 24 hours 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.

'The BJP was the single largest party, but it wasgiven 72 hours, as per my information. Our numbers are lessthan the BJP, in such a situation we should have been givenmore time. However, the Sena will respect the governor'sdecision and we will inform him our stand by today evening,'Raut said.

'A conspiracy is going on to keep Maharashtra undercontrol through President's rule. The Sena, NCP and Congresshave agreed to not let this conspiracy succeed,' he added.

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.

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

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 NDGKGK GK