Ramdas Athawale said Pawar should also consider backing his rebellious nephew Ajit Pawar - sworn in as the Deputy CM of Maharashtra.
NCP's Ajit Pawar was appointed Deputy to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP in what is being termed as an early morning coup.
The state has been facing a political crisis after the Sena broke its three-decade-long ties with the BJP after the latter declined to share the chief minister's post.
Athawale added that Raut then asked him to speak with the BJP regarding the formula he was suggesting to the Shiv Sena.
Athawale claimed that the BJP is ready for 50:50 allocation of cabinet portfolios and also to give some important ministries to Sena.
Athawale asked the Sena to not insist on BJP to share the chief minister’s post for two-and-half years
While raising the demand for cabinet berths, Athawale also said that he is hopeful that the Shiv Sena would change its stand.
If the state goes to polls again (in case the government formation impasse is not solved), it will be a major loss for the BJP-Sena, the Union minister said.
He, however, praised Naveen Patnaik for his simplicity and popularity.
He was speaking on the 62nd anniversary of the Republican Party of India at a function organised here.
The ED has filed a money-laundering case against Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar, a former deputy chief minister, and others in connection with the scam.
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When inquired about the violation, Athawale said that the speech lasted only for about four minutes wherein he promised the audience that he shall try to get assembly ticket for Bhalerao.
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Congratulating YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for his victory in the State and forming government, he assured all cooperation from his ministry and the Centre.