After Shiv Sena’s threat to quit alliance in Maharashtra, BJP says it has Plan B ready

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Published: September 19, 2017 11:24:23 AM

Soon after Uddhav Thackrey-led Shiv Sena on Monday launched a scathing attack on its ally in Maharashtra and hinted of quitting the coalition, leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have said that they have a 'Plan B' ready in such a scenario.

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Soon after Uddhav Thackrey-led Shiv Sena on Monday launched a scathing attack on its ally in Maharashtra and hinted of quitting the coalition, leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have said that they have a ‘Plan B’ ready in such a scenario. According to a report by Indian Express, the top leadership of the party stated that they are not depending on any one political party to get to win the elections. Speaking to the paper, a senior BJP functionary, on the condition of anonymity, said, “If Shiv Sena walks out of the government, we have plan B in place. There is absolutely no threat to the Fadnavis government.” BJP revelation of the plans come in the backdrop of Shiv Sena hardening its stance towards them for increasing price rates and unresolved farmer issues. Sena also said that it will soon take a decision on its continuance in the BJP-led government in Maharashtra.

“Unprecedented price rise, farmer issues unresolved. We are not responsible and don’t want to share the blame. Whether we will stay in Government or withdraw, this will be decided soon,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut was quoted as saying by ANI.

In Maharashtra, there are 288 Assembly seats out of which BJP has 123 and the saffron party also claims to have support of 22 MLAs representing smaller organisations and independent candidates. This takes the total count to 145 seats which is required to retain the government here. “The chief minister has regularly given the Sena ministers, elected members and delegation audience. There is not a single issue where Sena’s request for any development work has not been taken to a logical end,” another senior BJP leader told Indian Express.

Soon after hold a meeting chaired by Sena chief and other senior MPs and MLAs, party MP Sanjay Raut told PTI that they are very close to take a final call on the alliance. “We are very near to taking a decision (on continuing in ruling alliance in Maharashtra)… wait and watch. There is tremendous resentment among the people in Maharashtra and across the country against the government,” Raut told PTI yesterday.

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