New Delhi, Nov 8: It’s crystal clear that BJP President Amit Shah gave birth to poaching politics and the latest victim is saffron party ally Shiv Sena as Maharashtra became the latest state to witness resort politics with Shiv Sena MLAs being huddled to a sea-facing hotel in suburban Bandra.
The term of the Assembly ends on November 9. The onus is on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to act if no party stakes claim to form the new government in Maharashtra.
With Shiv Sena locked in a tussle with the BJP over who will get the chief minister post, Aaditya Thackeray met newly-elected party MLAs at a hotel in the midnight on Friday.
To save its MLAs from being poached, Sena has shifted all its 56 legislators to Hotel Rangsharda near the Bandstand in Bandra West after a meeting with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence Matoshree.
The Worli MLA-elect has been projected as the next chief minister by party leaders The MLAs were shifted to the hotel.
Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut gave ample indication that Aaditya Thackeray will be next Maharashtra CM.
With Shiv Sena remaining firm on rotation of the chief minister’s post, the BJP has failed miserably to make any headway do far and now BJP President Amit Shah comes into picture as there are immense fears of Sena MLAs being poached by BJP, which has become the culture and character of the party.
Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said that the Amit Shah-led party should approach him only if ready to give Sena the CMs post. Thackeray chaired a meeting of Sena’s new MLAs for over an hour, during which the legislators reiterated that the “equal sharing of posts and responsibilities” formula agreed upon before the Lok Sabha polls should be implemented.
“If you (BJP) have the numbers then they should form the government. If you don’t have the numbers then admit it. The (Indian) Constitution is for the people of this country, it is not their (BJP’s) personal property. We know the constitution well. We will elect the chief minister of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra constitutionally,” he asserted.
On the other hand, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that Shiv Sena was not promised the chief ministerial post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was sealed before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.