“I don’t want to break the alliance, but I want the BJP to implement what was decided during the Lok Sabha elections,” Thackeray told a meeting of Sena MLAs held in Mumbai today.
After the 14th day of the deadlock over power sharing in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Thursday said he did not intend to break the alliance but expected BJP to keep its promise— of equal power sharing— made during the Lok Sabha elections.
“I don’t want to break the alliance, but I want the BJP to implement what was decided during the Lok Sabha elections,” he told a meeting of Sena MLAs held in Mumbai today.
Uddhav told the meeting, he was ready to hold discussions with the top brass of BJP if they agreed to what was decided during the Lok Sabha polls. “We will hold discussions with BJP provided they agree to what was decided during the Lok Sabha polls. They can call me up if they decide to give us Chief Minister’s post for 2.5 years, otherwise don’t call me up,” he said.
Uddhav said, “Our party has been borne out of self-respect. We don’t want to corner BJP. CM’s statement was entirely inappropriate…If he is trying to prove that I was lying, then this is not appropriate. If BJP does not want to keep its word as decided, then what is the point in holding discussion,” he told the meeting. The Sena has been maintaining that equal power sharing was decided during the Lok Sabha polls including sharing of Chief Minister’s post for a period of 2.5 years.
MLAs who attended the meeting today, said they will back whatever decision the Sena chief takes. “We have left it to our chief to take the decision in the current situation. We will support whatever decision he takes,” said MLA Abdul Sattar, who attended the meeting.
Another MLA Uday Samant said all the MLAs have given the party chief the free hand to take the final decision.