Written byShalini Ojha
What's going on, really?
"Fast friends" BJP and Sena fought October 21 polls together but things took a dramatic turn after results came out three days later.
Not only did Sena demand plum ministerial posts, but asked for rotational Chief Minister arrangement.
BJP disagreed and tried placating Sena, but the latter remained firm. Their fight snowballed to a point that Maharashtra is currently under President's Rule.
Yesterday, while addressing the press after President's Rule was imposed, Thackeray was asked if BJP is a bygone chapter.
As he sat beside his son Aaditya, the Sena chief said, "Why are you in such a hurry? It's politics. President has given us six months' time."
He, however, blamed BJP for not keeping the promise, allegedly made before Lok Sabha polls.
"I didn't finish the BJP option, it is the BJP that ended it. Before the Lok Sabha polls, the situation was such that the BJP wouldn't win more than 200-220 seats. It was I who went along with the BJP in the dark," he said.
#WATCH Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reacts to a question 'Is the BJP option completely finished?'. Says, "Why are you in such a hurry? It's politics. 6 months time has been given (President's Rule). I didn't finish the BJP option, it was BJP itself which did that..." pic.twitter.com/3pew41hMuF— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2019
These comments came days after Thackeray attacked BJP's top brass incessantly.
"I am not a BJP wala. I do not lie. They had promised us and are now going back on their words," he had said.
He also added, "Equal sharing of power was agreed upon in Amit Shah's presence. I am shocked and hurt over being labeled a a liar by the BJP."
A day after Thackeray's words gave another turn to the tussle, Sena's mouthpiece Saamana said the party was prepared to become Neelkanth for Maharashtra's political stability.
Defending Sena's decision of joining hands with NCP and Congress, the editorial reminded that BJP also teamed up with PDP.
The Governor was also questioned for giving more time to BJP, but not to Sena.
"We are now prepared to end the instability in Maharashtra by assuming the role of Neelkanth. To explain that in the language of Hindutva, Chhatrapati Shivaji worshipped Lord Shiva who consumed poison, and the Sena is devoted to Shivaji," the editorial read.
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