No Pre-poll deal with Sena over rotation of chief ministership: Amit Shah
BJP president Amit Shah finally spoke about the ensuing differences between long-term allies BJP and Shiv Sena post Maharashtra elections. He claimed to have made no pre-poll deal with the ally over rotation of chief ministership in the state. The...
Speaking to news agency ANI, Shah said: “We were ready to form a government with Shiv Sena but their demands were such that we could not accept them... I said some 100 times, the Prime Minister several times and Fadnavis himself during the election campaign that if theNDA gets the majority, then Fadnavis will be chief minister. Nobody contradicted it then.”
He accused Shiv Sena of making new demands (rotation of CM) on which his party had reservations and it will think over them at the appropriate time. Asked further about what deal was struck between the two parties before the elections, Shah underlined that it is not in BJP’s culture to make public conversations that were made “inside a closed room”.
Shiv Sena has alleged that it was agreed that there will be rotation of chief ministers. The alliance fell when BJP refused to accept this demand. The Opposition has now alleged that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari did not give them ample time to form the government.
“I will only say that the whole brouhaha over imposition of President’s Rule is only a futile exercise to gain sympathy of the people and nothing will come of it,” Shah said.
He further maintained that the opposition is doing politics over it and it is not a healthy precedent to drag a constitutional authority into politics in this manner. He dared the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena to go ahead and form the government if they have the numbers. “Everybody has time now. Anybody can go to the Governor.
I don’t understand how opportunity has been snatched from anybody. Kapil Sibal (Congress leader) is making such childish arguments. You have the opportunity, you form the government,” Shah said.