BJP Shiv Sena dispute continues

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Saturday, 2 November 2019

"The President is the Constitutional head... He's not in anybody's pocket. Issuing such a threat is an insult to the public mandate," Raut said sharply.

MUMBAI: Nine days after the results of Maharashtra Assembly polls were declared, there has been no breakthrough in the talks between Shiv Sena and BJP over the formation of the new government in Maharashtra. Leaders from both the sides continued to hold their turf and made statements against each other as the rift continued. The tenure of Maharashtra assembly ends on November 9 before which formation of the new government has to happen.

On Saturday, while speaking to media, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said his party will take steps towards forming the government if the BJP fails to do so. He did not specify whether the Sena would ask for support from the Congress or Sharad Pawar's NCP. Earlier, BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar had said that the option of imposing President's rule is open if Shiv Sena does not cooperate. Reacting to this, the Shiv Sena on Saturday cautioned that the President is the Constitutional head of the country and any attempts by the BJP to misuse the office of President or the Governor is 'a threat to the country'.

Hitting out at senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar for his warning on Friday that President's rule may be imposed in Maharashtra if the State doesn't get a government by November 7, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said dragging the President's office into the State's political crises in this manner was 'unwarranted, improper'. 

"The President is the Constitutional head... He's not in anybody's pocket. Issuing such a threat is an insult to the public mandate," Raut said sharply.

He countered that neither the Marathi 'manoos' attaches any importance to Mungantiwar's statements nor would he be cowed down by such threats. He reiterated that the Sena would honour the commitments of its alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 'till the last moment'. But henceforth, it will not adopt a 'wait-and-watch' policy. Speaking about this, Mungantiwar said he has only talked about President's rule while speaking with media to explain what would happen if the formation of the government does not take place before the end of the tenure of the present assembly.

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