MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Amid political uncertainty and as the deadline to form a new government in Maharashtra ends midnight, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday evening tendered his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The Governor has accepted his resignation.
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Addressing the media, Fadnavis thanked party workers and even Shiv Sena, with whom the BJP has been engaged in a cold war since the declaration of poll results. “We managed to face a lot of challenges in the last five years with courage and vigour,” he said, before adding that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) never struck a “50-50” alliance deal with ally Shiv Sena (SS).
He added that the kind of language that is being used by Mahayuti is “unacceptable”.
He called it a “wrong policy” of Shiv Sena to shun the BJP in favour of talk with Congress and the NCP.
“We have fought together and after the election initially, Uddhav Thackeray’s PC said that all ways are open to form a government. This kind of mindset is not good for a party who got elected as the mandate was given to Mahayuti,” he said.
“I have never spoken foul against Uddhav Thackeray till date. He did not pick my calls after the results,” Fadnavis said.
“Shiv Sena did not have time to discuss things with me but they had discussions with Congress and NCP.”
“Unfortunately, the day when results came, Uddhav Ji said all options open for Govt formation. That was shocking for us as people had given the mandate for alliance and in such circumstances, it was a big question for us that why he said all options are open for him,” said Fadnavis.
“I again want to make it clear that it was never decided that for 2.5 years each the CM post will be shared. There was never a decision on this issue. Even Amit Shah Ji and Nitin Gadkari Ji said this was never decided,” he added.
Blaming Shiv Sena for the failure of talks between the two parties, Fadnavis said, “Shiv Sena is 100% responsible for talks failing, they did not take my calls. They stopped the discussion. The alliance is not broken yet, neither they announced nor us. Our parties are still together in the Centre.”
The Sena, Fadnavis said, had insulted them and emphasised, that “there won’t be another election” but that “only BJP” will form the government soon.
The BJP and Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle over the issue of the chief minister’s post, resulting in a stalemate in government formation despite the Assembly poll results giving the alliance a combined seat strength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.
In the polls, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and the Congress won 44 seats.
On allegations of horse-trading by the opposition and Shiv Sena, Fadnavis challenged the parties to furnish proof or apologise for making such charges.
“BJP won’t resort to any politics of defection and poaching. We won’t need it,” he said.
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