As the power tussle over government formation in Maharashtra continues, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has been constantly launching veiled attacks on ally BJP for agreeing to his party's demands.
Mr Raut, who is leaving no stone unturned to come out with a solution on Sena's demand of 50:50 division of power in the state, shared a popular couplet by poet Wasim Barelvi on Twitter on Sunday, taking a veiled jibe at the BJP.
The 57-year-old leader wrote: "Usulon par jahan aanch aaye, takrana zaruri hai. Jo zinda ho to phir zinda nazar aana zaroori hai. (When it comes to principles...it's important to fight.... If you are alive, show that you are alive)."
Meanwhile, Mr Raut along with other senior party leaders is likely to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday at 5 pm.
"Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, along with other senior party leaders, is scheduled to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 5 pm tomorrow," the office of Maharashtra Governor told ANI on Sunday.
Mr Raut has also said that he will meet the Governor on Sunday and request him to invite the single largest party to form the government in Maharashtra.
Mr Raut has claimed that Shiv Sena has the support of 170 MLAs and is capable of forming the next government in Maharashtra.
"We have more than 170 MLAs supporting us, the figure can even reach 175," he had said while addressing a press conference in Mumbai.
The development comes at a time when the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the equal distribution of Cabinet portfolios and the term of chief minister's post for 2.5 years each.
While the BJP is firm on their stand that Devendra Fadnavis will become the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shiv Sena is seeking an equal term for chief minister''s post.
On Sunday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar had said that Mr Raut dropped a text message to him. "This is the first time after elections that he has contacted me. I do not know why he messaged me. His message reads ''Jai Maharashtra Saheb, I am Sanjay Raut''. I will call him in a while to know about it," Mr Pawar had said.
The current term of Maharashtra government ends on November 8. State Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had earlier said the state might head for the President's rule if the government is not formed before November 7.
The BJP had emerged as the single largest party by winning 105 seats in the recently concluded Maharashtra Assembly polls while the Shiv Sena got 56 seats in the 288-member state Assembly.