Sena holds out threat to quit Fadnavis government
Mumbai: The frayed relationship between saffron allies--the BJP and Shiv Sena--on Monday came under fresh strain with the latter saying it will soon decide on whether to continue in the two-party coalition government in Maharashtra.
After a meeting of senior party functionaries, MPs and legislators called by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, its Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut castigated the BJP-led governments in Maharashtra and at the Centre, and said the party was "very close" to taking a decision on its continuance in government.
"We are very close to taking a decision (on whether to continue in the government)... wait and watch. There is tremendous resentment among the people in Maharashtra and across the country.
"There are various issues people are facing due to the inefficiency of the government. The Shiv Sena does not want to be a part of all this," Raut told journalists.
While he castigated both the Devendra Fadnavis dispensation in Maharashtra and the Modi government at the Centre, he only spoke about giving an ultimatum to the former before taking a call on whether or not to continue being part of it.
"Uddhavji will give an ultimatum to the chief minister and then take a decision (on continuing in the government)," Raut said.
Shiv Sena has 12 ministers in the Fadnavis government, including five of the Cabinet rank. Maharashtra has a 39- member council of ministers. The BJP's oldest saffron ally has just one minister in the Modi Cabinet and has often voiced its unhappiness over it.
The development came on a day when Maharashtra's former chief minister Narayan Rane blasted the Congress for the "injustice" it has done to him and his supporters and hinted at quitting the party he had joined 12 years ago. There has been speculation in the state's political circles that Rane may be on way to joining the BJP.