Hours after NCP chief Sharad Pawar expressed doubts on Tuesday about the survival of the new BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray only sought to stoke the fears of instability, saying his party would stay in Opposition for now.
“There is tremendous instability in Maharashtra as of now. Until this situation clears up, the Shiv Sena will sit in the Opposition,” Thackeray told reporters on the sidelines of a function at a city hospital. In an obvious reference to BJP and NCP, Thackeray said the dalliances between former political ideological foes had greatly upset the people in the state.
“The people are very upset with these dalliances. God forbid if elections are called again, this frustration will be expressed through the ballot,” Thackeray said. The Sena president, however, left the question of a possible rapprochement with former ally BJP open. “The Sena has not taken a decision so far,” Thackeray said.