Updated: June 14, 2021 11:55:31 am
Ending speculation over whether the chief minister’s post will be shared between the three constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut on Sunday said Uddhav Thackeray will remain the at the helm for a full term of five years. He said there was no scope at all of any discussion over the post being shared between Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, which came together to form the state government.
“The Chief Minister’s post will remain with the Shiv Sena for five years. The post will not be shared… because it is a commitment that was given (by the constituent parties) when the Maha Vikas Aghadi was formed,” Raut said in Nashik on Sunday.
Raut said when the chief minister’s post was discussed between the three constituent parties of the MVA, he was a witness to the whole discussion. “I was part of the discussion. I was witness to it… a commitment was given to the Shiv Sena that it will hold the post for five years,” he said, adding, “even NCP chief Sharad Pawar has spoken on the same lines a couple of days back.”
Raut added that he was making this “clarification” so as to clear “confusion” regarding the matter in the media as well as among people.
On state Congress chief Nana Patole’s statement that he aspired to become a chief minister, Raut said, “There was nothing wrong in it… Congress has many leaders who are capable of becoming chief ministers and Prime Minister. In politics, it is not wrong to have big ambitions and dreams.”
Speaking to The Indian Express about the possibility of the Shiv Sena contesting alone during the local bodies’ elections after the Congress announced that it too would do the same, Raut said, “The Shiv Sena is capable of contesting and winning civic and parliamentary elections on its own.”
Asked if there will be no ties with Congress and NCP, Raut said, “Shiv Sena and NCP are ready to contest local bodies’ polls together.”
Raut also said Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena had come together to form the MVA government. “These three parties have not merged with each other. They have separate identities. Each has the right to strengthen its party network.”
In his column, ‘Rokthok’ in party mouthpiece Saamana, Raut wrote, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s 30-minute meeting has created a storm on political terrain. After the meeting, some people are thinking that there will be a change in state politics. BJP leaders are at the forefront of harbouring these thoughts. Some people in the administration are planting these stories. A year-and-a-half back, the BJP got a shock that it will never lose and the Shiv Sena will always have to play second fiddle.”
Raut further saud, “Today, Maharashtra’s politics is at such a stage that it could change the politics of the country. If BJP and Shiv Sena had come to power together, then what new would have happened? But Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP came to power and set a new trend. Here it should be remembered that Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah never tried to create hurdles when the MVA government was being formed. The BJP leaders in Maharashtra never tried to understand the meaning of this…”
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