Shiv Sena's advise to new BJP Govt: Don't take people for granted

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Updated: Nov 1 2014, 19:45pm hrs
Shiv Sena today cautioned new Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis against taking the people for granted and asked him to fulfil the expectations of the common man.

"The new Government is like a newly-wed woman who initially pleases her mother-in-law. In this case the mother- in-law is the people of Maharashtra. You cannot take people for granted. They have the power to pull your ears when you err," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece `Saamana' said.

This is the first lesson the new Government will have to learn, the Sena said amid signs of a rapprochement between the saffron parties, who parted ways on September 25, just weeks before the Assembly polls, which saw BJP emerging as the single largest party in the State.

Asked about reports that Sena had demanded Deputy Chief Minister's post and threatened to sit in Opposition if BJP didn't comply, State BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said, "We don't comment on any unofficial report."

When contacted, a Sena leader expressed ignorance about any such "ultimatum" by the party, but added there was no harm if the regional outfit, which has 63 MLAs, got the key post.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who took charge yesterday, will seek a vote of confidence in his Government during a special session of the Assembly beginning on November 11, official sources had said yesterday.

Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has given Fadnavis 15 days from the day of his Government is sworn in to prove its majority in the 288-member House.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray made a last-minute appearance at the swearing in ceremony of the first BJP Government in Maharashtra yesterday, raising the possibility of a rapprochement between the saffron parties, who parted ways just three weeks ahead of the October 15 Assembly polls.

Uddhav held talks with BJP President Amit Shah after the mega event. It was not known what transpired at the brief meeting that took place in the Wankhede Stadium premises.

However, Sena MP Vinayak Raut later said Shah has assured Uddhav of a positive decision on participation of his party in the new Government.

But it was not yet clear when talks between the two parties will resume to arrive at a mutually acceptable power- sharing arrangement.

It is true that there is no magic wand to fulfil promises made (during polls) but people of Maharashtra are looking at the new Government, the first led by BJP, with a lot of hope, the publication said.

"Mantralaya (the State Secretariat) was gutted during the Congress-NCP rule but the aspirations of people had turned into ashes much before that. The new Chief Minister should ensure that his work is like the proverbial Phoenix which rose from the ashes," the Sena organ maintained.

Describing yesterday's swearing in ceremony of the Fadnavis-led Ministry as grand (it was also attended by corporate bigwigs), the Sena said the poor, and not the rich or money bags, should get the attention of the administration as was the case during Shivaji's era.

"Fadnavis has said he will emulate Shivaji Maharaj's example while ruling the state. He should remember that the real strength of Shivaji's Hindavi swarajya was not the seth and sahukars but the common poor folk."

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray attended the inauguration ceremony at Wankhede Stadium after a call from BJP President Amit Shah and other leaders. The party had earlier announced it would keep off the mega event, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, citing "constant humiliation" by BJP ahead of Government formation.

Sena MP Vinayak Raut yesterday said Shah has assured Uddhav of a positive decision on participation of his party in the BJP Government.