Fadnavis resigns as CM, trades barbs with Uddhav
MUMBAI: The three-decade-old alliance between the BJP and its oldest ally Shiv Sena appeared to be on a shaky ground after Devendra Fadnavis, who quit as Chief Minister on Friday, and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were engaged in a bitter public showdown over sharing the chief ministership in Maharashtra.
Fadnavis and Thackeray traded charges over power-sharing arrangement at their respective news conferences shortly after the BJP leader drove to Raj Bhavan and handed over his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, five years and a week after he assumed the state’s top job.
Fadnavis blamed the Sena for rebuffing all attempts to form an alliance government and insisted no decision was taken in his presence on sharing the Chief Ministership while Thackeray claimed the BJP had agreed to share the post during his talks with Amit Shah before the Lok Sabha polls. Thackeray also indicated that all options are open for his party in formation of the next government. The Governor accepted Fadnavis’s resignation and asked him to be the “caretaker CM” till alternative arrangements are made.
All eyes are now on the Governor on his next course of action. The tenure of the existing Legislative Assembly ends midnight tonight.
MUMBAI: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday strongly countered Devendra Fadnavis’s claim that BJP and Sena had not agreed on sharing of Maharashtra chief minister’s post during Thackeray’s talks with BJP chief Amit shah.
There will be no talks with the BJP unless it accepted that the two allies had decided share the Chief Minister’s post, he said.
He will fulfill the promise made to his father, late Bal Thackeray, to install a Shiv Sena chief minister in the state, and “I do not need Shah or Fadnavis for this,” Uddhav, who spoke to the media soon after Fadnavis resigned as chief minister, said.
Fadnavis, who resigned earlier in the day, claimed that the BJP leaders had not agreed on Sena’s demand of sharing of CM’s post.
“I will not talk to people who call me a liar. I will not tolerate this. The caretaker (CM) should not try to prove that I am a liar. I have never spoken lies in my life,” Thackeray said on Fadnavis’s claim.
Asked about the status of alliance with the BJP, Thackeray said, “BJP should state that there was agreement on sharing of Chief Minister’s post. It was their prerogative to refuse my demand now, but they cannot not say this was never agreed on (in the past).”
“I will not have any truck with those who call me a liar. I stopped the government formation talks the day Fadnavis said sharing of Chief Minister’s post was never decided,” he said.
The “Amit Shah and company” was lying, he said. Asked if the Sena will accept Fadnavis as CM, Thackeray said, “I want to ask RSS whether speaking lies is part of your Hindutva.” The BJP and the Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle over the Chief Minister’s post, resulting in a prolonged stalemate despite the poll results on October 24 giving the saffron alliance a combined seat strength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.
Both the bickering partners, however, did not state categorically that there was no scope for rapprochement in the coming days. Late on Friday night, BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar
said the alliance was not over, and the Shiv Sena should respect the mandate.
Fadnavis said he called Uddhav Thackeray for breaking the impasse many times, but “Uddhav ji did not take my calls.” The Shiv Sena’s “policy” of not talking with the BJP but holding talks with the opposition Congress and NCP was wrong, he said.
Hours after Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra Chief Minister amid continuing impasse over power-sharing talks with ally Shiv Sena, the Congress said the governor should now invite the single largest party to form a government. State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said the governor is going to play a crucial role now, and he must go by precedents.
The BJP and the Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle over the CM’s post, resulting in a prolonged stalemate despite the poll results
Fadnavis hands over his resignation
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray along with Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray addresses a press meet