50:50 Sena’s post-poll artifice, asserts Shah
Breaking his silence for the first time over the Maharashtra impasse, BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday rejected the Shiv Sena’s claim that it was promised rotational chief ministership. He said the Shiv Sena had simply come up with post-electoral conditions that could not be accepted.
Seeking to puncture Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s contentions, Shah wondered why sena didn’t object to the BJP projecting Devendra Fadnavis as its Chief Minister candidate during the election campaigning. “Before the elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I said many times in public that if our alliance wins then Devendra Fadnavis will be the Chief Minister, no one objected back then,” Shah told news agency ANI.
“Now they (Shiv Sena) have come up with new demands which are not acceptable to us,” Shah asserted.
Uddhav had been claiming that Shah had committed to the 2.5-year-each rotational chief ministership for the BJP and Shiv Sena.
Defending the Governor’s move to recommend President’s Rule in the Maharashtra on Tuesday, Shah said the State head had to take action since none of the parties had been able to prove majority since the legislative Assembly term ended on November 9. President’s Rule was imposed in the State on Tuesday.
“Before this, in no State was so much time given, 18 days were given. The Governor invited parties only after Assembly tenure ended. Neither the Shiv Sena nor the Congress-NCP staked claim and neither we,” Shah said adding “It’s not in our party’s tradition to disclose what transpires behind closed doors.”
“If the Sena thinks that it can revolt and get the people’s sympathy, they don’t really know the public,” he said taking a jibe at the Sena.
The BJP and the Shiv Sena together have 161 seats, 15 seats more than the majority mark of 145 in the 288-MLAs strong Maharashtra Assembly. But the State plunged into political uncertainty after both the allies entered into a tussle for power. While the Shiv Sena claimed that it was assured a 50:50 power-sharing deal in the State after winning the elections, the BJP denied making any such promise.
The Shiv Sena pulled out its lone Minister Arvind Sawant from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, signalling the end of partnership between the two parties in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena has since then opened negotiations with NDA’s rival alliance partners NCP and Congress.
Thursday, 14 November 2019 | PNS | New Delhi
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