Shiv Sena’s Deal With Congress and NCP Done? Arvind Sawant Drops a Hint After Resignation
Arvind Sawant had earlier tweeted that he would resign as minister, paving the way for his party to seek the support of Sharad Pawar’s NCP and the Congress and form the government in Maharashtra.
Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister and Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant displays his resignation from the cabinet during a press conference, in New Delhi, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Indicating that the power sharing formula between the Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP has been finalised, Arvind Sawant, who was the lone Sena minister at the Centre, said his resignation from the Narendra Modi Cabinet speaks for itself.
He declared that a government will be formed in Maharashtra soon even as the Sena is engaged in hectic negotiations with the NCP and the Congress.
"I have resigned as Union minister. I have sent my resignation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi," the Shiv Sena leader said and displayed his letter resigning as Heavy Industries minister. Asked if the Sena has snapped its ties with the BJP, he said, "When I have resigned, you can understand what it means."
Sawant had earlier on Monday tweeted that he would resign as minister, paving the way for his party to seek the support of Sharad Pawar’s NCP and the Congress and form the government in Maharashtra.
The Shiv Sena’s exit from the BJP-led NDA at the Centre was a key condition put forward by the NCP on Sunday to lend support to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party for government formation after the BJP refused to stake claim to power.
At a press conference, Sawant, who was the heavy industries minister, reiterated the Sena’s stand that a 50-50 deal for the chief ministership had been agreed with the BJP before the Lok Sabha election, and said he would not want to stay in Delhi in such a “false environment”, which is why he is resigning.
He said he was made a minister on behalf of his party, but the BJP tried to blame the Sena leadership for failing to form the alliance and this was not acceptable. “Where there was no trust what is the point (of alliance),” he said.
The Sena, which is the second largest party in the 288-member House with 56 MLAs after the BJP (105), has time till 7:30 PM on November 11, to stake the claim, even as the NCP and the Congress weigh their options.
While the NCP’s condition of Sena walking out of the NDA has been met, the Congress will decide its stand at a meeting of its lawmakers at 4pm.
Sources had earlier said that Sonia Gandhi was hesitant in supporting the Sena since it would go against the party’s secular ethos, a large majority of the party’s 44 MLAs have been pressuring the high command to keep the BJP out of power.
The role of the Congress (44 MLAS) and the NCP (54 MLAs) which have 98 members together, is crucial for the Sena to form the government with its 56 MLAs.
If the Sena decides to form a government with the support of Opposition parties, the collective strength of all the three parties will go up to 154 in the House, nine clear of the halfway mark of 145.
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