Process to form Sena-led govt in final stages: Uddhav to MLAs

(Eds: With fresh updates) Mumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) Amid hectic political activityfor government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chiefUddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party's legislators hereand told them that the process to form a Sena-led dispensationin the state was in the final stages.

Thackeray met the legislators to apprise them of thegovernment formation process and meetings of Congress-NCPleaders in Delhi, Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI.

'Uddhavji met and told us that the process offormation of Sena-led government is in the final stages,' hesaid.

'The legislators have fully endorsed the party'sefforts to stitch up an alliance with Congress and NCP to formthe next government in the state,' Jadhav said.

He said the MLAs want Thackeray to become the chiefminister.

'We want Uddhavji to be the chief minister. But hisword would be final and would be binding on all of us,' hesaid.

According to Jadhav, Thackeray rejected speculationthat the BJP was in touch with him and had offered the chiefminister's post to the Shiv Sena.

'Till today, I haven't got any call from the top BJPleadership. This is nothing but a ploy to malign the image ofshiv sena,' he quoted the Sena president as saying.

Thackeray instructed the MLAs to stay together inMumbai as they may be required any time, he said.

Sena MLA Prakash Surve told reporters that thegovernment will be formed in two to three days and the nextchief minister will be from the Shiv Sena.

'Uddhavji is concerned about the plight of farmers,'he said.

Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu said all the party MLAs havebeen asked to stay together, while another legislator, UdaySamant, said no one can poach the Sena lawmakers.

'We are together in Mumbai due to the fast changingpolitical developments,' he added.

Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik said the state will soon havea government headed by a Sena chief minister.

'We want Uddhavji to become the chief minister and wehave put our demand across to him.' he said.

A meeting of the leaders of Sena, NCP and Congress isscheduled to take place later on Friday, following which thethree parties are expected to stake claim to form the newgovernment in Maharashtra. PTI MR NP VTVT VT