Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who submitted his resignation on Friday to Governor Bhagat Singh Khoshyari, addressed a packed press conference after meeting the Governor. The caretaker Chief Minister now, Fadnavis was unsparing of Mahayuti partner Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Fadnavis said the Shiv Sena had ignored its alliance partner of some 25 years and had instead gone fishing outside for support. He claimed the BJP had done well in the election with a superior performance based on his government’s achievements. The BJP won 105 seats, the Shiv Sena 56, the Nationalist Congress Party 54, and the Congress won 44. The state has 13 Independents apart from a plethora of parties with 2-3 seats.
The Shiv Sena must be remembered had been looking for support from the NCP and Congress. In the week preceding Diwali, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had met NCP boss Sharad Pawar several times. Though Raut insisted the Shiv Sena will have its CM, he had been repeating that the BJP will be in government with it. But all this seems to have been long forgotten as frantic efforts by the Shiv Sena has singularly isolated the BJP from its oldest ally in the country.
Here are the 10 main things Fadnavis stuck to in his press conference. He repeated these several times and attacked the Shiv Sena for its shortsightedness to win the CM’s post. Party scion Aaditya Thackeray, who won from Worli Assembly seat, is eligible to become CM and would be the first in his family to assume that chair, if it does come his way, apart from being the first of the Thackerays to contest an election.
- Uddhav Thackeray did not take my calls.
- Shiv Sena chose to talk to the NCP and the Congress.
- Shiv Sena does not know to value relationships.
- Mahrashtra voted for the Mahayuti alliance of BJP-Shiv Sena.
- Shiv Sena’s personal attacks on PM Modi has hurt us.
- BJP president Amit Shah said no 50:50 formula was discussed as claimed by Uddhav Thackeray.
- We have served the people of Maharashtra for the last 5 years.
- Government should have been formed in Maharashtra by now.
- I have full faith the BJP will form the government and the CM will be ours.
- It is a critical time for the people of Maharashtra.