Uddhav Thackeray press conference: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said he had promised his father Bal Saheb Thackeray that one-day chief minister will be from the party that was founded way back in 1966. Addressing a press conference, he asserted the BJP must stop uttering lies, referring to caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ denial of 50:50 formula. He said the Shiv Sena chief had made it clear to BJP boss and Union Home Minister Amit Shah that there would be equal distribution of power.
Lashing out at Fadnavis, who today resigned from the chief ministerial post, Thackeray said that he was taking all credit of the development works in the state and undermining the Shiv Sena. He addressed a presser minutes after Fadnavis did the same. Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut earlier stated the party chief would respond to Fadnavis. The caretaker CM had denied the two alliance partners — the BJP, the Shiv Sena — ever discussed the 50:50 formula. He also said that the Thackeray-led party was behind the impasse in the state.
Here are the five things big things Thackeray told at the presser:
- RSS should clarify if we are not a Hindutva party
- Shiv Sena does not need truth certificate from the BJP
- BJP must stop speaking lies and must say sorry for calling me a liar
- Shiv Sena made 50:50 formula clear to Amit Shah
- BJP should form the government if they can
The Shiv Sena is adamant and not ready to budge, saying the party will not compromise on the CM’s post. The recently-announced elections gave the BJP 105 seats and its alliance partner Shiv Sena 56. Both were in a position to form the government but failed to stake a claim for government formation. The Shiv Sena wants Aaditya Tahacketay to be made CM for 2.5 years.
Some reports claimed that the Shiv Sena with the support of the Congress and the NCP is set to stake claim to form the government. Though it is unlikely as Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and NCP boss Sharad Pawar had ruled out joining hands with the Thackeray’s party.