BJP refute allegations of horse-trading in Maharashtra

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Friday, 8 November 2019

The Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra on Friday strongly refuted allegations that it was participating in horse- trading and offering money to MLAs of different parties to switch sides.

Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra on Friday strongly refuted allegations that it was participating in horse- trading and offering money to MLAs of different parties to switch sides.

State Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Keshav Upadhye said such a practice is not part of the party's culture.

His assertion came after Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar asserted sums of "Rs 25 crore to Rs 50 crore" were being offered to MLAs to switch sides in Maharashtra, where the formation of a new government is in a limbo due to battle between the BJP and the Sena over sharing of power.

When contacted, Upadhye told PTI, "There is no doubt of the BJP going for horse-trading as it is not our culture."

There have been allegations of BJP leaders, through mediators, making "offers" to recently-elected Congress MLAs to switch sides.

Upadhye termed such claims as baseless.

Commenting on Wadettiwar's allegation of party's Igatpuri (Nashik district) legislator being offered a hefty Rs fifty crore, Upadhye said it shows the disappointment of the nation's oldest party.

"The Congress few decades back had won in excess of 200 seats. In the last few elections, the party has not been able to perform well and this time it could not even win fifty seats.

"It is their disappointment that is pushing them to make baseless allegations," the BJP spokesman said.

The BJP and the Sena will "soon" stake claim to form government, he maintained when asked about the fortnight- long deadlock between the saffron allies over sharing power.

BJP securing a total of 105 seats and its alliance partner Shiv Sena, 56 seats, have not staked claim to form government together or separately till now.

The 2 parties are bickering over sharing chief ministerial post since 24 October , when the election results were declared.

The NCP won 54 seats while the Congress got 44 seats respectively, in the election to the 288-member assembly where the majority mark is 145.

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