Even as ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra has formally resumed talks with Shiv Sena on issue of joining the government, Sena leader Ramdas Kadam accused the estranged ally of “fooling” his party by purposefully dragging on power sharing deliberations.
He also alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Eknath Khadse, who is the Revenue Minister, was trying hard to “topple” the Fadnavis government as he was not made the chief minister of the state.
“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is only fooling us by constantly saying they want us (Shiv Sena) to be included in the state government. If that was the case, why did they keep doing inconclusive talks for one whole month?” Kadam said here.
Observing that Sena has made up its mind to sit in opposition, he said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is playing the tactics in a bid to shield itself from Sena’s wrath in the upcoming Winter Session of the state Legislature.
“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is playing the talks game so that they can protect themselves against us when we rake up issues concerning Maharashtra. They (BJP) are only cheating us by talking about an alliance with us. Nobody trusts BJP now,” he said.
Accusing BJP of lacking will power to join hands with Sena again, Kadam said, “Only they (BJP) can say what talks are they exactly conducting at ‘Matoshree’ (the residence of Thackeray family in suburban Bandra).”
Training his guns on Khadse, whom Sena holds responsible for breaking up of the 25-year-old alliance ahead of the October Assembly elections, Kadam said, “Eknath Khadse has lost sense of what is right and what’s wrong.
“He is now trying all possible means to topple the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government because he was not made the CM of Maharashtra,” he said.
The talks between Sena and BJP are dragging on, apparently over Sena’s demand for the post of Deputy CM in Fadnavis-led dispensation and for key portfolios, including Home, whereas BJP is firm on not having a Deputy CM.
However, Sena’s support of 63 MLAs is also crucial for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has 121 MLA’s in 288-member House to cobble up the magic figure of 145 to have a simple majority.