Sena authorises Uddhav to take final call on govt formation;MLAs shift to hotel (Eds: Adding fresh i

Sena authorises Uddhav to take final call on govt formation;MLAs shift to hotel (Eds: Adding fresh inputs) Mumbai, Nov 7 (PTI) Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday passeda resolution, authorising party chief Uddhav Thackeray to takea 'final decision' on government formation in Maharashtra.

After the meeting of the Sena MLAs at Thackeray'sresidence 'Matoshree', all the legislators went to RangshardaHotel, close to the party chief's home in suburban Bandra,where they have been shifted amid the ongoing uncertainty overgovernment formation and fear of switching sides.

'It is necessary for all the MLAs to be together inthe prevailing situation. Whatever decision Uddhavji takeswill be binding on all of us,' Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu said.

Thackeray chaired the meeting of all party MLAs forover an hour during which discussions were held on thepolitical situation and the legislators reiterated that theformula of 'equal sharing of posts and responsibilities'agreed upon before the Lok Sabha polls should be implemented.

The party also appeared firm on its decision ofsharing the chief minister's post for two-and-a-half yearseach with the BJP.

'The Sena MLAs passed a resolution authorisingUddhavji to take a final decision regarding governmentformation,' party legislator Shambhuraje Desai told reportersafter the meeting ended.

Sena MLA Abdul Sattar said, 'The next chief ministerwill be from the Shiv Sena. Uddhavji will take a finaldecision regarding government formation.' Another MLA, on condition of anonymity, said Thackeraywas 'hurt' over the ongoing developments in the state.

'He (Thackeray) feels issues could have been resolvedby sitting across the table. This did not happen. Instead,what was decided was denied. Uddhavji said he did not want tobreak the alliance with the BJP. He only expects that what wasdecided be implemented,' the legislator said.

'He told us to wait and watch,' the MLA added.

The Shiv Sena has been maintaining that in Februarythis year, before the Lok Sabha polls, it was decided thatthere will be equal sharing of posts and responsibilitiesbetween the party and the BJP.

While the Shiv Sena has been insisting on sharing thechief minister's post, the BJP has rejected it.

Both the parties 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