Election 2019

“Is President in your pocket?” ShivSena’s stinging question to BJP in Saamana

After Maharashtra Finance Minister Mungantiwar reminder of President rule in the state, ShivSena warned will drop its “wait and watch mode”


MUMBAI| The power tussle between BJP and ShivSena which has been going on from past one week over power-sharing and government formation in Maharashtra doesn’t seem to end. Earlier today Shiv Sena attacked its ally saying that the “President’s rule threat” by BJP minister Sudhir Mungantiwar is an “insult” to the state and people’s mandate. ShivSena also warned BJP that it will soon drop its “wait and watch mode”.

ShivSena’s attack came following the statement given by Maharashtra Finance Minister and BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Friday that Maharashtra “may head for President’s rule if the new government in the state is not formed by November 7”.

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Sena leader Sanjay Raut soon reacted to his statement early morning today warning its ally that the party will soon drop its “wait and watch mode”. “In India, President protects the constitution,” he said. “Has this threat been given after the party exhausted all its means to claim power? Sena will soon drop its wait and watch mode in Maharashtra,” Raut said.

Upset with the BJP for not accepting its demand for rotational chief ministership and a “50:50” deal for power-sharing, the party also launched a scathing attack in an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece “Saamana”. “Mungantiwar’s statements are a proof of the toxicity brewing with the BJP party and in his mind,” the article titled “Is President In Your Pocket? Insult To Maharashtra”, which has been published in the party’s mouthpiece attacking BJP today.

“Is the President under your control or President’s stamp is at BJP’s office which will be used if the party is not able to form government in the state and President’s rule can be imposed in Maharashtra?” the article further reads. Concluding the article saying: “The President is the supreme institution of the Constitution, not an individual but representative of the entire country. The country is not in anyone’s pocket”.



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