Ud­dhav Hints at Pulling the Plug on BJP Govt

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Kr­ishna.Ku­mar@ times­group.com

Maharashtra gov­ern­ment un­der no threat, says Deven­dra Fad­navis af­ter Shiv Sena chief’s re­marks that it was merely serv­ing ‘no­tice pe­riod’ Mum­bai: Shiv Sena pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray has in­di­cated that his party was likely to pull out of the Deven­dra Fad­navis gov­ern­ment, al­though he did not give a firm date for it. The BJP does not have an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity in the Maharashtra leg­is­la­ture but had won the trust vote in 2014 even with­out the Sena’s sup­port af­ter the NCP ab­stained from vot­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a BJP in­sider, the party is just 10 short of ma­jor­ity as it en­joys the sup­port of small parties and in­de­pen­dents who num­ber 12. The in­sider claimed that there were many in the Sena and even in the Congress will­ing to join the party. “There are a lot of dif­fer­ences of opin­ion, whether you call it meet­ing of minds or what­ever. There is a need to put a stop to such things. There is no use in stay­ing in such an al­liance,” Ud­dhav Thack­eray said in Mum­bai on Tues­day. He said the Sena had al­ways ac­cepted the BJP as its own but it was dif­fi­cult to con­tinue when the other did not ‘re­cip­ro­cate.’

Claim­ing that the Fad­navis gov­ern­ment was cur­rently serv­ing a ‘no­tice pe­riod,’ Thack­eray hinted that he could pull the plug any­time. How­ever when asked as to when he would do that, the Sena pres­i­dent said, “I can­not say how long the no­tice pe­riod is. How­ever the no­tice pe­riod is only for a spe­cific du­ra­tion.” He said the CM had the in­tel­li­gence depart­ment with him and would know whether there was a threat to the gov­ern­ment. The Sena pres­i­dent said his party was not hun­gry for power.

A few min­utes af­ter his news con­fer­ence, along with Pati­dar com­mu­nity leader Hardik Pa­tel, Maharashtra chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis re­acted to his state­ment by say­ing that his gov­ern­ment was not un­der threat. “My gov­ern­ment is un­der no threat, it will con­tinue its en­tire five-year term,” Fad­navis said while re­leas­ing the party’s man­i­festo for the Birhan­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Corporation polls on Tues­day. He re­fused to elab­o­rate on the Sena threat. To a ques­tion on his gov­ern­ment be­ing on no­tice, he said, “we don’t even no­tice such things.”

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