The Sena MP took back his comments after a furious Congress took up the issue up with Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and the BJP latching on to it to take on the ruling coalition. Congress leaders Milind Deora and Sanjay Nirupam also took issue with Raut over his remarks.
Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan held meetings with Uddhav Thackeray and Ajit Pawar. There may be some reallocation of portfolios following these meetings. Even the NCP is seeking some portfolios from the Sena. The Congress is demanding two of these departments but is willing to settle for either rural development or agriculture.
There has been no official announcement on the dates, as the Congress’ list of ministers has not been finalised yet, according to both Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Congress leaders, like state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat and other state leaders, are in Delhi to meet the party leadership to finalise the names.
“There is a deliberate situation being created to create chaos and insecurity in the country. I am using my words very carefully --the manner in which the police entered the compound of (Jamia Millia Islamia) and shot at the students, it was almost like the days of Jalianwala Bagh.” said Thackeray in Nagpur on Tuesday.
According to insiders, Congress had agreed to eight Cabinet and five ministers of state berths but the party changed its position and began insisting on one more Cabinet berth, especially after senior party leaders, such as Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan, began exerting pressure on the leadership.
Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has been facing a rebellion in his party. Against this backdrop, the meeting of BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Pankaja Munde on Wednesday assumes significance as both leaders have been sending out signals that they were not happy with many things in the party. Before meeting Pankaja, Khadse also met former Vinod Tawde.
Former union minister and BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde has claimed his party colleague Devendra Fadnavis was made chief minister in Maharashtra last month despite lacking majority only to 'protect' Rs 40,000 crore central funds under the CM's control from being 'misused'.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has announced a review of the Rs 1.1 lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. Thackeray asserted that his govt would not work in a vindictive manner, adding, “We will review the bullet train project just like we have not stayed the Metro project.” Thackeray underscored the value of development without environmental damage.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led government is likely to prove its majority in the Maharashtra assembly on Saturday itself, well ahead of the December 3 deadline.
Till 1996, Shiv Sena was assumed by all to be bequeathed to Uddhav Thackeray’s cousin Raj Thackeray. The latter had a penchant for fiery speechmaking, had a greater stylistic resemblance to uncle’s onstage persona and was a cartoonist like him. Uddhav, who graduated from the JJ School of Arts, preferred to stay in the background.
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