Ruling out any alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that the party’s no-confidence motion against senior Congress leader Shivajirao Deshmukh in state council was a catalyst which suited the BJP’s politics.
Fadnavis warned that developments in state council cannot be construed as a realignment of political partnerships. Talking to The Indian Express, Fadnavis said, “The BJP support to no confidence motion mooted by NCP against senior Congress leader and chairman of state legislative council should be perceived as a part of the exercise undertaken in a democratic setup and not equated to the new permutations and combinations in Maharashtra.”
“Personally, I have highest regards for Shivajirao Deshmukh who is a senior Congress leader. My party also holds him in high regards as a leader. But BJP members were not happy and had issues with him in the council. And when the NCP moved the vote of no-confidence, there was an overwhelming decision not to support Deshmukh,” he added.
According to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat, “In politics nobody is a permanent friend and nobody is permanent enemy. But don’t jump the guns.”
“There was no need for us to support the Congress leader. The Congress is a political rival. Just because NCP and BJP made Congress a common enemy that does not mean we are friends,” said a BJP leader.
However, Fadnavis, who avoided seeking open support of NCP during the trust vote when he had to prove his majority after taking charge as chief minister, argued, “Today, we are seen in the side of NCP. But that does not mean we will always veer our politics to suit NCP. The party still have not decided on whether we will support NCP’s new chairperson replacing Deshmukh. Our decision will be taken collectively.”