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