Mumbai: In a statement likely to aggravate the delicate Shiv Sena-BJP relationship further, BJP's CM face Devendra Fadnavis has asserted he will remain Chief Minister for the next 5 years.
Rejecting claims by Shiv Sena of a fifty-fifty agreement, Fadnavis told journalists, "I guarantee you that this will be a BJP-led government. The Shiv Sena was not guaranteed CM's post for two-and-a-half years when the coalition was formalised before the Lok Sabha election."
The Shiv Sena in the mean time, has requested a written assurance that the CM post will be given to them for 2.5 years.
Fadnavis announcement comes in the backdrop of a no-filter attack on BJP by Sanjay Raut. He said on Tuesday, "There's no Dushyant Chautala here whose father is in prison. We do politics of truth in Maharashtra. if someone tries to keep us away from power, it's not called politics of truth. We are seeing what's happening and how low individuals can stoop."
It was a clear reference to the way BJP cobbled up a government in Haryana wherever it fell 6 short of the magic number, but formed the government with Dushyant Chautala's help whose JJP ran an election campaign on Jat consolidation and anti-BJP rhetoric.
Chautala senior who is convicted of corruption and lodged in Tihar was discharged on a 14-day furlough a day after BJP chief Amit Shah and Dushyant declared their deal in Delhi, sitting on the sprawling lawns of the BJP's president's residence.
Congress state President Balasaheb Thorat told journalists, "We have not received any communication from the Sena on this yet. However, if it comes, we shall put it up with the party leadership for a decision in the matter". The NCP too wooed the Sena, making them further encouraged.
But Davendra Fadnavis' assertion has only complicated the matter for the 2 saffron parties.