Addressing a rally in Aurangabad district, Shinde said some people took a “firm stand” after the elections, which meant that they were fighting against the BJP despite winning the people’s mandate from both the parties and resolving the people’s issue. They did not want to form the government together. CM post.
“Some people said that Shiv Sena should get the chief minister’s post for the first 2.5 years. (And if this condition is accepted) only then can talks go ahead between the two parties (read Shiv Sena and BJP) to form the government. ” Shinde said without naming Thackeray.
He said this adamant stand meant that there was no desire to form a government with the BJP even though both the parties had contested the assembly elections together and won a popular mandate.
“Soon after the election results, some people started speaking about the various options available. Shiv Sena MLAs were not in favor of the alliance. Congress And the NCP,” Shinde said.
Thackeray had broken the alliance with the BJP after the 2019 elections, claiming that the ally had reneged on his promise to share the CM’s post, a controversy vehemently dismissed by the BJP.
The Shiv Sena then formed a tripartite Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in November 2019, in alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress, with Thackeray taking oath as the chief minister.
Shinde said the BJP has honored the commitment of making Nitish Kumar the chief minister of Bihar while the saffron party was winning more seats than the JD(U).
Shinde, a veteran Shiv Sainik and a former minister in the Thackeray cabinet, rebelled in June with 40 Shiv Sena MLAs, leading to the collapse of the MVA government.
He took oath as the Chief Minister on June 30 with Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP as the Deputy CM.
Shinde said the BJP could have taken the chief minister’s post in the current government headed by him.
“I was told by the BJP leadership that despite having more MLAs from the Shinde faction, it has agreed to make him the chief minister. If we (apparently referring to the BJP) would have made a promise in 2019, we would have respected it. Now tell me who is telling the truth,” Shinde asked.