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Javadekar Says Shiv Sena 'Betrayed' Election Mandate Just to Get Maharashtra CM's Post

A file photo of Prakash Javadekar.

A file photo of Prakash Javadekar.

The Sena had snapped ties with the BJP, its pre-poll ally and long-term partner, and joined hands with the Congress and the NCP after the election results to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government last November.

Union minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the Shiv Sena had "betrayed" the mandate of the 2019 assembly elections just to get the Chief Minister's post in Maharashtra.

The Sena had snapped ties with the BJP, its pre-poll ally and long-term partner, and joined hands with the Congress and the NCP after the election results to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government last November.

"The BJP and the Shiv Sena fought the Lok Sabha and later the assembly elections (in Maharashtra) under (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi's leadership and got the mandate for another term. But the Shiv Sena betrayed the mandate and joined hands with two parties who had been defeated in the elections just to get the chief minister's post," Javadekar said at an event organised by a Marathi news channel.

The Information & Broadcasting Minister claimed differences exist among the ruling MVA allies in Maharashtra.

"The recent history cannot be forgotten. There are inner contradictions among the the present ruling allies and the obvious will happen," he said in an apparent reference to the stability of the Sena-led government.

Javadekar said the Congress has been left alone at the national level. "Whatever issues Rahul Gandhi raises, like the China issue, has no takers from other opposition parties as well the within the Congress. This is because the Congress has become family-centric," he said.

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