Union Minister of State Raosaheb Danve on Friday claimed that at least 25 disgruntled MLAs of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance in Maharashtra are in touch with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Contrary to Shiv Sena’s claim, he also said that the chief minister’s post was not offered to him by the BJP during seat-sharing talks in 2019.
“At least 25 MVA MLAs are in touch with us as they are unhappy,” the BJP leader told reporters here. However, he refused to reveal the names of the MLAs.
The MVA alliance in Maharashtra was formed by bringing the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress on a single platform. This alliance was formed after the Shiv Sena split from the BJP after the 2019 assembly elections in Maharashtra.
Taking a dig at Shiv Sena, Danve alleged that it has deviated from its Hindutva ideology. He said that the party should be voted Prime Minister in the 2019 elections. Narendra Modi Got votes because of it, but later it (Shiv Sena) stabbed BJP in the back.
The Union Minister further said, “The present Shiv Sena is not the army of Balasaheb Thackeray but it is the army of Uddhav Thackeray and Abdul Sattar (ministers in the state government).” Danve said he was present during a closed-door discussion between BJP leaders Amit Shah, Devendra Fadnavis, Ashish Shelar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the Thackeray family’s residence ‘Matoshree’ in 2019.
He claimed that there was no discussion about the chief minister’s post then. He denied Shiv Sena’s claim that both the allies had agreed to change the chief minister’s post after a stipulated interval.
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