MUMBAI 30/10/14: With BJP and its former partner Shiv Sena appearing to take one step forward and two steps back in their alliance talks, it is still unclear whether Devendra Fadnavis will lead a minority government with NCP\'s support or whether the former allies will get together again.
The Shiv Sena hardened its stance on Wednesday night, after party chief Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting at his residence with top party leaders. A Sena leader who attended the meeting said the party won\'t approach BJP until the latter gives a proposal on the number of portfolios it was willing to give the Sena. The move comes after MLAs conveyed that Sena should not offer support to the Fadnavis government unless the party is given the list of portfolios something BJP is averse to doing right now.
A section of Shiv Sena leaders has come to believe that BJP is not serious in seeking its support and is \"toying\" with it. \"Every day we come to read different stories in the media. First we read that the BJP is not willing to give us more than four to five ministerial berths. Now we are hearing stories that they want Uddhavji to apologise to Amit Shah and Narendra Modi for the criticism made during the election speeches. By planting such stories it seems they are really not interested in taking support from us, said a party leader.