Updated: November 9, 2014 4:21:45 pm
In a breakdown of its relationship with the BJP, the Shiv Sena did not take part in the cabinet expansion of the Narendra Modi government and is likely to take a decision of sitting in the opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly.
“We are not taking part in the cabinet expansion. A decision on our relationship with the BJP will not be taken by our party president,” Shiv Sena MP Anandrao Adsul said.
The party has also decided to call back Anil Desai who had been leading the Sena’s negotiations and was also likely to be included as a Minister of State in the central government.
“The BJP has humiliated us. There is tremendous anger in our cadre over the treatment meted out to us,” a senior Shiv Sena leader said.
The BJP has meanwhile inducted Suresh Prabhu as a minister much to the chagrin of the Sena which had been opposed to his induction as he is not an active member of the party.
The Sena had been keen that it would not commit itself to being a part of the Central Cabinet expansion plans until the BJP cleared the power-sharing agreement in Maharashtra.
The Shiv Sena is likely to formalise its divorce from the BJP in the meeting of party legislators who will be meeting in Mumbai to elect leader of the Legislature Party.
The BJP has however kept the Shiv Sena on tenterhooks by refusing to expand the Maharashtra cabinet before it wins the vote of confidence. A special session in which Legislators will be sworn in the vote of confidence will be held on Monday.
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