Mumbai, Nov 2: Amid power tussle with the BJP over government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena attacked its ally for threatening to impose “President’s rule”, saying it is an “insult” to the state and people’s mandateand “Should the people believe that the BJP will declare President’s rule — as though the President is held firmly in BJP’s fist and the BJP has the President’s rubber stamp in its Maharashtra office?”
In an editorial in party’s mouthpiece “Saamana”, Sena warned BJP to not be arrogant of its power as making such statement would amount to the public thinking that the President of India (Ram Nath Kovind) is under the BJP’s control and the party resorts to using any means to come to power.
“Mungantiwar’s statements are a proof of the toxicity brewing with the party (BJP) and in his mind,” the article titled “Is President In Your Pocket? Insult To Maharashtra” reads.
“Is the President under your (BJP’s) control or President’s stamp is at BJP’s office which will be used if party is not able to form government in the state and President’s rule can be imposed in Maharashtra?” the article further reads.
Finance Minister and BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar had said that Maharashtra “may head for President’s rule if the new government in the state is not in place by November 7”. He said the main hurdle in government formation in the state was the Sena’s demand for Chief Minister’s post for 2.5 years.
The editorial said that people of Maharashtra are not bothered with such threats of President’s rule. The Sena demanded that if BJP wants to rule then it must have majority and form the government. If the BJP claims to have majority, why does it not form the government the article asked, adding, ‘The country is not in anyone’s pocket’
On his meeting with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief, Sharad Pawar, Sanjay Raut said, “The kind of situation that is prevailing in Maharashtra, all political parties are talking to each other, except Shiv Sena and BJP. “
Sanjay Raut said,” If there is a delay in formation of government in a state, and a minister from the ruling party says President’s rule will be implemented in Maharashtra if government isn’t formed, is this a threat to the MLAs who have been elected? ”