The suspense in Maharashtra appeared to have been coming to a close with Shiv Sena getting increasingly close to forming the government with Congress and NCP. However, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has renewed speculations saying that he was assured by Home Minister Amit Shah himself that the BJP and Shiv Sena will be forming the government.
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale: I told Amit bhai (BJP President Amit Shah) that if he mediates then a way can be found out to which he (Amit Shah) replied “don’t worry, everything will be fine. BJP & Shiv Sena will come together to form government”. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/JMIPnQJsuM
— ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2019
Ramdas Athawale, as reported by ANI, said that he told Union Minister and BJP President Amit Shah that if he mediated between the two parties, a solution could be reached. He was then assured by Amit Shah that ‘everything will be fine’ and BJP and Shiv Sena will come together to form the government.
Earlier, it was announced that Shiv Sena will not attend the NDA meeting ahead of winter session of the Parliament which begins from Monday. On Saturday, the meeting between the joint body of the new alliance – Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP with the Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, was postponed due to the unavailability of the leaders.
Presidential Rule was imposed on the state after Shiv Sena split off with its traditional alliance partner the BJP after a pre-poll alliance was agreed upon by the two. Following the declaration of results, Shiv Sena decided to pull away from the alliance over its demand of sharing the Chief Minister’s chair.