Mumbai, Oct. 30 -- As the power tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena intensified on Tuesday, the latter claimed it had 'other options' open, if the BJP delays government formation. The Sena is engaged in a tussle with BJP to milk its below-par performance and secure a better bargain.

In a veiled threat to withdraw from the alliance, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said: "[Sena chief] Uddhav Thackeray ji has said we have other options too, but we don't want to do the sin of accepting that. The Shiv Sena has always done the politics of truth, we are not hungry for power. We cannot murder democracy. The party wants all pre-poll agreements to be fulfilled."

The contentious issue between the saffron allies, who have 161 MLAs and support of independent...