Maharashtra Deadlock: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray "hurt" over BJP's betrayal

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is "hurt" because of the current political situation and expects the BJP to keep their word. The deadlock over government formation in Maharashtra continues as Shiv Sena maintains its demand to have a rotational CM

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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday expressed his disappointment over the current situation in Maharashtra politics saying that they can call him if they agree for CM post, otherwise not. 

In the meeting held at Uddhav Thackeray’s residence Matoshree, Shiv Sena MLAs passed a resolution authorising the party chief to take “final call” regarding government formation while staying firm on their demand to have a rotational CM. 

While talking to the Sena MLAs, Uddhav Thackeray said that he doesn’t want the alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to break but expected that their ally to keep the promise - of power-sharing - made before the Lok Sabha elections this year. 

I don’t intend to break the alliance. However, I want BJP to implement the promise they made. We will hold discussions with BJP if they fulfil their promise. They can call me if they decide to give us the CM post for 2.5 years, otherwise, don’t call me up,” said Uddhav Thackeray during his meeting the Sena MLAs. 

Earlier, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had denied that there have been no talks between Sena and BJP regarding the power-sharing formula. 

Reacting to this, Uddhav Thackeray said that CM’s remarks were inappropriate and if the BJP doesn’t want to keep their word, there is no point of holding any discussions. 

…If he (Devendra Fadnavis) is trying to prove that I was lying, then that is inappropriate and If the BJP doesn’t want to keep its word, what is the point of holding discussions,” said Thackeray.

The internal sources informed that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is "hurt" because of the current political situation and expects the BJP to keep their word. The deadlock over government formation in Maharashtra continues as Shiv Sena remains adamant on its demand to have a rotational Chief Minister. 

 

Sanjay Raut reiterates Sena's demands

After the meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs concluded, Sanjay Raut reiterated Sena’s demands during a press conference saying that the party’s stand has no changed and there will no compromise on the CM post. 

All the MLAs supported the stand taken by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. There will be no compromise on the CM post. The decision taken by Uddhav Thackeray will be in Maharashtra’s interest and it is acceptable to us,” said Sanjay Raut. 

 In the meeting, the legislators passed a resolution authorising Thackeray to take a final call in the matter of government formation. The legislators were then shifted to Rangsharda Hotel which is close to Uddhav Thackeray’s residence in Bandra. 

Also Read - BJP Delegation Meets Maharashtra Governor; Silent On Government Formation

The current term for the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra ends on November 9. A BJP delegation led by party's Maharashtra unit President Chandrakant Patil met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to discuss the current political situation. However, the BJP doesn't want to claim stake to form government in the state, as of now. 

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