Maharashtra Impasse | Shiv Sena not to attend NDA meeting, Sanjay Raut says 'exit now formality'
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Shiv Sena, one of the oldest ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, would skip the meeting of NDA allies in New Delhi on Sunday ahead of around a month-long winter session of Parliament from Monday.
“I have learnt that the meeting [of the NDA constituents] is being held on November 17. We had already decided against attending the meeting considering the developments in Maharashtra,” said party leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday.
“There is a lot of difference between the old NDA and today's NDA. Who is the convener of NDA today? (LK) Advani ji who was one of its founders has either left or is inactive,” he adding that the party will sit in the opposition benches in the Rajya Sabha.
“We have got to know that the seating arrangement of two Shiv Sena MPs has been changed in the parliament,” said Raut who is one of the three MPs of the Shiv Sena in.
Asked if only a formal announcement of the Sena quitting the NDA remains to be made, Raut said, “You can say that. There is no problem with saying that”.
The Sena’s decision to split from BJP comes after years of acrimony in the alliance that peaked after the recent assembly elections in Maharashtra. The Sena has accused the BJP of breaking its promise of equal division of power in the state.
The saffron party, however, has maintained that it had never agreed to share the post of chief minister, as claimed by Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Raut also said that the Sena, the NCP and the Congress 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, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday had said that the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will form a government in Maharashtra which 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.
The Sena has also accused the BJP of horse-trading under the guise of President's Rule. “Those with 105 seats had earlier conveyed to the governor that they do not have the majority. How come are they now claiming that only they will form the government?” said the party in its mouthpiece Saamana.
“...the intention of horse-trading stand exposed now. The lies of those promising transparent governance are becoming evident now,” it said.
Meanwhile, 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.
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