BJP prefers fresh Maha polls, divorce with Sena imminent?


New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS): By late Friday, one thing was almost certain - the BJP prefers to go for fresh elections in Maharashtra after 6 months, on its own, blaming the Shiv Sena. Another thing that is being increasingly clear- the BJP and the Sena are likely to go for a split.

First it was Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who addressed the media and then Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray retorted. In this press conference vs press conference, Thackeray's use of language was unprecedented. "If they call me a liar, in future also I will not keep any relationship with the BJP," he said.

"(Jannayak Janata Party leader and now Haryana Deputy Chief Minister) Dushyant Chautala, during Haryana election campaign, had said 'two Guajaratis will teach us nationalism' and BJP has now embraced him," Thackeray added.

Fadnavis, after tendering his resignation as Chief Minister to Governor B.S. Koshiyari, addressed a press conference where he put the blame for no government squarely on the Sena chief.

"We fought together as 'Mahayuti', but Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in his first press conference (after election results) said that all options to form the government are open... It was a shock for us," said Fadnavis, who has so far been restrained in his comments. Even while coming out of BJP chief Amit Shah's residence in New Delhi, he refused to be provoked.

A BJP leader based out of Mumbai told IANS requesting anonymity: "Look as of today, we don't have numbers. But neither has Sena. After today's press conference, the relationship with Sena has become almost impossible."

On being asked whether the two will split, the BJP leader said: "At least it is heading that way."

Another BJP leader in the national capital said that the party was never closed to talks with the NCP but over the last few days, Sharad Pawar's party has hardened its stand. So what's the next course of action? "Fresh Election," answered the BJP leader.

BJP's General Secretary, Organisation, B.L. Santhosh didn't mince any words when he tweeted: "Maharashtra CM Fadnavis makes it clear that there was no discussion on 50:50 formula ...All issues raised in last one week cleared by him in one press brief .. Calls the bluff of many a concocted stories."

With both sides out to call out each other's 'bluff', the tone and tenor has changed drastically. Is it time for a divorce?

  

Comment on this article

  • PureSanghi, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    India is not belonging one particular party or the majority Indians.From past over 70years we never seen such decion or it is wrirten in our constituturn or it allow any political party to decide. If not capable to form governmwnt get lost. Let the second majority to form government in Maharastra. Guharatis are not the decision maker.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    At whose expense ? Will the richest political party in India bear all expenses that are otherwise taken care by tax-payers ? Why such arrangement wasn't made with Karnataka ? Why horse-trading took place ?

    If fresh polls take place, for sure people will dump the lier party and will support the local Sena.

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  • Tilak, Blore

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Will go with Presidents rule for next 5 years, what do you say?
    No State government, no additional expenses etc...

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