Amid rift with Shiv Sena, Devendra Fadnavis pays tribute to Bal Thackeray at memorial event
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Amid the ongoing tussle with the Shiv Sena, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis paid to tribute to Bal Thackeray at an event to mark his death anniversary this afternoon.
Fadnavis, however, was subjected to sloganeering by a section of Shiv Sena workers as he left Shivaji Park in the metropolis after paying tribute to Bal Thackeray on his ninth death anniversary.
The Shiv Sena workers started shouting slogans in Marathi - "sarkar kunauchi. shiv sena chi (whose government? Shiv Sena's)."
The former chief minister, however, moved on without reacting to the jibes. There were no Shiv Sena leaders, except Uddhav Thackeray's PA Milind Narvekar, when Fadnavis arrived at Shivaji Park to pay tribute to the founder of the Maharashtrian party.
Earlier in the day, Fadnavis had tweeted a video containing some of the late Sena patriarch's rousing speeches, and had added his voice-over as a tribute.
स्वाभिमान जपण्याचा मूलमंत्र आदरणीय बाळासाहेबांनी आपल्या सर्वांना दिला ! pic.twitter.com/sPdALKDlzS— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) November 17, 2019
The BJP and the Shiv Sena had contested the recently concluded assembly polls in the state together and won 161 seats between them, before the Uddhav Thackeray-led party's insistence on equal sharing of the chief ministerial tenure led to acrimony and stalemate in government formation.
However, the BJP has maintained that it had never agreed to share the post of chief minister, as claimed by Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Following weeks of bitter political drama, the Shiv Sena is currently in the process of forming a non-BJP government with support from Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Earlier, Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said that the three parties have reached a consensus on a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) as the basis of their proposed coalition government and there was no need to discuss it in Delhi.
Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar said that the trio of Sena, Congress and NCP will form the government in Maharashtra and will complete a full term, ruling out mid-term elections in the state that is under President's Rule after no party won a majority in polls last month.
President's rule has been imposed in the state since Tuesday after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sent a report to the Centre, stating that formation of a stable government was impossible in the current situation despite all his efforts.
The BJP, which won maximum 105 seats in the 288-member House, declined to stake the claim to form government, as its alliance partner Shiv Sena (56) refused to lend support. The third largest party NCP (54), too, couldn't muster the requisite numbers. Its ally Congress has 44 members.
(With PTI inputs)
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