‘BJP, Sena to share CM’S post equally’

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MU ex­tends pre-ad­mis­sion en­rol­ment up to In yet another twist in the on­go­ing cold war be­tween the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Yuva Sena leader Varun Sarde­sai has claimed that the two par­ties will get to share the chief min­is­ter’s post for two-and­half years each after the As­sem­bly polls are con­cluded later in the year.

Sarde­sai, is a core com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Yuva Sena, and the ma­ter­nal cousin of Aa­ditya Thack­eray, who heads the Sena’s youth wing.

Ear­lier, Fi­nance and Forests Min­is­ter Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war, had claimed that the next chief min­is­ter would be­long to the BJP. Rev­enue min­is­ter Chan­drakant Patil, who is seen at the num­ber two po­si­tion in the Deven­dra Fad­navis-led Cab­i­net, had stressed that while the Sena and BJP would con­test 135 each of the 288 seats in the As­sem­bly, their smaller al­lies would get the other 18.

How­ever, the Sena took um­brage to the state­ment and pointed out that the BJP ex­pected these smaller par­ties, namely, the RPI fac­tion led by Ram­das Athavale, Ma­hadeo Jankar’s Rashtriya Sa­maj Party (RSP), farmer leader Sad­ab­hau Khot’s Rayat Kranti, and Vi­nayak Mete’s Shivasan­gram to con­test over its lo­tus sym­bol. This in ef­fect means that if elected, these leg­is­la­tors will be­long to the BJP.

“Sena Pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray and BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah have de­cided that the chief min­is­ter’s post will be shared be­tween the two par­ties for 2.5 years each. Peo­ple who weren’t present

for the un­der­stand­ing, shouldn’t ruin the al­liance for their per­sonal gains,” tweeted Sarde­sai.

A Sena press re­lease read: “There will be no change in what was de­clared by the Chief Min­is­ter (CM) at the time of declar­ing the al­liance.” It also denied Mun­gan­ti­war’s state­ment.

While Sena lead­ers claim that the party will get the CM’S post after the polls, this has been ve­he­mently denied by se­nior BJP ministers. “We are de­mand­ing that the 288 seats in the As­sem­bly be split equally be­tween us and the BJP. The BJP can set aside As­sem­bly seg­ments from their share for their smaller al­lies,” said a se­nior Sena leader.

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Yuva Sena leader Varun Sarde­sai

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