Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut lambasted on BJP as they (BJP) denied to form government in Maharashtra.
While addressing the press where he said if they are not willing to keep a promise then what kind of relationship we have with them.
“If they are not willing to keep their promise (on the 50-50 formula), is there any relation left? asked Raut while addressing a press conference today. Notably, Raut’s comments assume significance as he is considered a close confidante of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Confirming the news if Sena MP Arvind Sawant’s resignation he said, “In view of the recent developments and the objectionable statements made by the Bharatiya Janata Party, it’s clear they want to keep us away from power. So what’s the point in continuing with the NDA?” Raut asked.
State Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the Shiv Sena to ‘indicate his desire and ability to form a government in Maharashtra’, Raut said, adding that it would have been easier if the governor had given us more time.
“The BJP was given 72 hours; We have been given less time. The imposition of President’s rule in the state is a BJP strategy, ”the Shiv Sena leader said, accusing the BJP of playing a limited role to the party to clarify its stand to form the government.
Earlier, governor of Maharashtra invited BJP to form its the government but that refused to say it did not have the numbers to reach the majority mark of 145.
Later on, the governor then sent an invite to the Shiv Sena, asking it to indicate its willingness by 7.30 pm on Monday.
On the other hand, he also said of forming an alliance with the Congress-NCP, “We have taken the first step… It is up to them to take a suitable minimum measure to form a suitable minimum government which is acceptable to all parties. “