Amid ongoing tussle over 50:50 formula, delegation of Shiv Sena leaders, including first time MLA Aaditya Thackeray, on Thursday met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan. Others in the delegation were senior leader Eknath Shinde, who has been elected as leader of the party legislative wing. This is Shiv Sena's second solo meeting with the Governor this week.
At the party meeting, Shinde’s candidature was proposed by Aaditya Thackeray, whose name was also doing the rounds for the post. The election was announced at the meeting of the newly-elected Sena MLAs at party office Sena Bhawan in Dadar area.
A Sena leader said the delegation sought prompt financial aid for farmers hit by untimely rains.
"We requested Governor to provide assistance to farmers and fishermen who suffered damages due to recent rains. He has assured us that he himself will talk to the Centre," Aaditya Thackeray said after the meeting.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has described as rumours reports that his party has softened its stand on the issue of sharing power in Maharashtra with ruling alliance partner BJP.
Raut described reports in a section of media alluding to the 'softening of stand' by the Sena as hearsay.
"The (reports that) Sena has softened (its stand), has compromised and relinquished equitable distribution of posts, are all rumours," he tweeted.
"This is the public, which knows everything. Whatever will was decided (between BJP and Sena), will happen," he added.
Raut also dismissed reports of possible split in Shiv Sena. "If anyone is floating rumours of 23 (of total 56) Sena MLAs maintaining a contact with the BJP, then they must have forgotten to mention Aaditya Thackerays name as one of those defectors. And why are they saying 23 MLAs only, why not say all 56," he said.
With PTI Inputs