Mumbai. Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said he does not think Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will take a “U-turn” and demanded that the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs be dropped from the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA). But will agree. Chavan was reacting to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s statement in the morning in which Raut had said that the Shiv Sena is “ready to consider” the demand of the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde to leave the MVA.
Asked about Raut’s remarks, former chief minister Chavan told reporters, “Does Shiv Sena want to join hands with BJP in Maharashtra? Shiv Sena’s intention is not clear yet. He said, ‘I have not heard Uddhav Thackeray speaking like this in his public address on Wednesday evening. I would be surprised if Uddhav Thackeray turns around like this in less than 24 hours. I don’t think Thackeray will do that. It is also not clear whether Raut’s statement reflects the official stand of Shiv Sena.
Shiv Sena facing internal strife
“It is also not clear which faction of Shiv Sena should be considered as the authentic face of the party,” the Congress leader said. He said Shiv Sena is facing internal strife and it needs to be rectified. He said that his party will not say anything on the internal matter of Shiv Sena. Thackeray had tried to convey his sentiments to the rebel MLAs with an emotional appeal on Wednesday and offered to step down as the chief minister.
This government should complete its term: Jayant Patil
Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state president Jayant Patil said his party is yet to discuss Raut’s remarks. “But we want this government to complete its term as it has taken some good decisions,” he said. Patil, who is holding the post of minister in the Thackeray government, said, “Those who leave the Shiv Sena lose elections later.”
Do not consider the statements of individual MLAs as official stand of Shiv Sena
On the stand of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs that they do not want to be part of the MVA due to the “corruption” of NCP and Congress ministers, Patil said the statements of individual MLAs should not be taken as the official stand of Shiv Sena. Another NCP leader, Praful Patel, said party chief Sharad Pawar had “formed the MVA and he still wants it to remain intact”. He told that NCP leaders including Sharad Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil will hold a meeting in Mumbai this evening.
Tags: CM Uddhav Thackeray, Congress, Sanjay Raut
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 23, 2022, 19:23 IST