No talks with Sena on 50-50 formula: Devendra Fadnavis after resigning as Maharashtra CM

While talking to the media, Devendra Fadnavis clarified that there were no talks of 50-50 formula with Shiv Sena in his presence


Devendra Fadnavis on Friday met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyar and submitted his resignation as the Chief Minister. Fadnavis’ resignation was accepted ahead of November 9 – the last day for the Devendra Fadnavis government term.

Fadnavis’ resignation as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra comes amid the ongoing tussle between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over power-sharing. Shiv Sena had earlier informed that the 50-50 formula was finalised before the Lok Sabha elections this year.

While talking to the media, Devendra Fadnavis clarified that there were no talks of 50-50 formula with Shiv Sena in his presence. Moreover, Fadnaivs informed that even BJP President Amit Shah and senior party leader Nitin Gadkari also denied the same.

I want to make it clear that in my presence it was never decided that the CM’s post will be shared. Even Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari have denied the same saying it was never decided,” asserted Fadnavis.

Devendra Fadnavis, who submitted his resignation and will continue as caretaker Chief Minister of Maharashtra, lashed out at Shiv Sena saying that the latter has criticised Narendra Modi on multiple occasions in the last five years.

We have never spoken against Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray but Sena has always spoken against Narendra Modi in the last five years. This is not how a Yuti (alliance) works. However, our alliance has not ended with Shiv Sena,” added Fadnavis.

While blaming Shiv Sena for the stalemate, Fadnavis criticised Sena for holding talks with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) rather than BJP while saying that their policy of not talking with the BJP was wrong.

I contacted Uddhav Thackeray several times to break the deadlock over government formation but he didn’t take my calls. Moreover, after polls results, Uddhavji said that all options are open for government formation. This was shocking for us as the people have given the mandate to the alliance,” said Devendra Fadnavis.

Attacking Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut, Fadnavis said that he won’t comment on Uddhav Thackeray but people around the Sena chief have played a role in creating distance between them.

I won’t comment on Uddhav Thackeray. However, people who are around him have contributed in creating distance between us. We can answer them in their language but we don’t believe in breaking but collaborating,” asserted Fadnavis.

Sanjay Raut after meeting Sharad Pawar

Amid the ongoing conflict, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday evening went to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar at the latter’s residence in Mumbai.

After his meeting with Pawar, while interacting with the reporters, Raut denied Fadnavis’ allegation of making unfair remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. 

Reacting to Fadnavis comment that the BJP will form government in Maharashtra, Raut said, “my best wishes to the BJP if they are confident of forming government in Maharashtra. However, I would also say, on behalf of my party, that if Sena wants it can form a government.”

Raut also said that the 50-50 power-sharing deal was finalised while stating that Uddhav Thackeray will clarify Sena’s stand in the matter.

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