AURANGABAD: Seeing no end to the stalemate between allys BJP and the Shiv Sena, a farmer from Beed district of Maharashtra expressed his desire to be the Chief Minister of the state until the differences over power- sharing and formation of the next government was resolved.
Srikant Vishnu Gadale, a resident of Vadmauli in Kej taluka, submitted the letter to the office of Beed collector on Thursday. He vowed to protest through "democratic means" if the administration failed to take note of his letter.
Gadale has said that by taking over the top post, he wants to solve the problems of farmers who are facing crop loss due to unseasonal rains in parts of the state.
In his letter, he wrote, "The Shiv Sena and the BJP are yet to resolve their issue regarding the post of Chief Minister which was raised after the 2019 assembly election results."
"Natural calamities (unseasonal rains) have damaged ready-to-harvest crops in the state. Farmers are tense over these calamities."
"At a time when farmers are suffering, the Shiv Sena and the BJP are unable to resolve the issue of holding Chief Minister's post.
"Hence, till the issue is resolved, the governor should hand over the responsibility of Chief Minister's post to me," Gadale said.
"I will solve the problems of farmers and give them justice," he said.
The Shiv Sena is demanding the post of Chief Minister for 2.5 years and 50:50 division of portfolios.
Both these demands have been rejected by the BJP which has insisted that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will continue to hold the post for the next five years, delaying government formation.
The assembly polls in Maharashtra were held on October 21 and results announced three days later.