BJP’s four smaller allies on Saturday demanded 10 per cent representation in governance in the state. The Republican Party of India, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, Shivsangram and Rashtriya Samaj Paksha joined hands to raise the demand in Mumbai.
They met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and expressed their disappointment at having been kept out of his ministry. Fadnavis’s party — the BJP — and ally Shiv Sena, run the government with BJP’s 20 ministers and Sena’s 10 in his cabinet.
Rashtriya Samaja Paksha chief Mahadeo Jankar said, “The CM held a meeting with us and agreed to consider our demands. He promised a cabinet expansion before the monsoon session. And the smaller allies like us would be accommodated.”
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RPI chief Ramdas Athawale said, “BJP should give us 10 per cent share in the cabinet. The BJP is in power because of our contribution. Otherwise, Shiv Sena would have won at least 50 more seats. Our support consolidated the BJP in the state.”
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana chief Raju Shetti said, “There is no initiative from the government to include us in governance. There are issues we would like to raise. They cannot overlook our contribution.”