Shiv Sena wanted to form government after 2014 Maharashtra assembly polls: Congress leader Prithiviraj Chavan

Amid the political deadlock, after 2019 Maharashtra assembly polls, Congress top leadership in Delhi was not ready to ally with Shiv Sena. However, Sonia Gandhi relented after NCP chief Sharad Pawar intervened.

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In a major revelation, Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan claimed that Shiv Sena was willing to form alliance government with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) after 2014 state assembly elections. 

Senior Congress leader Chavan said that Shiv Sena and NCP had proposed to form a coalition government to keep Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from coming to power in Maharashtra. 

Congress, however, had immediately rejected the proposal during that time, Chavan said. 

At that time, Shiv Sena and NCP had contacted me to talk about a possible alliance. However, I immediately rejected the proposal. I was offered the speaker post in state legislative assembly. But I rejected because we were mandated to sit in the opposition,” said Chavan.

Shiv Sena’s 35-years of alliance with the BJP ended in Maharashtra in 2019 after the formation of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena government in the state. 

Earlier, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut announced that his party was officially out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and will stay together with United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on ‘key issues’. 

Amid the political deadlock, after 2019 Maharashtra assembly polls, Congress top leadership in Delhi was not ready to ally with Shiv Sena. However, Sonia Gandhi relented after NCP chief Sharad Pawar intervened.

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said that BJP was “destroying democracy” and tried to kill the opposition by luring MLAs from his party and NCP to switch sides. Chavan further alleged that people were blackmailed by the BJP.

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It was under these circumstances that we decided to change our role thinking about an alternative government with Shiv Sena,” said Chavan. 

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