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Maha Vikas Aghadi will not last beyond six to eight months says Nitin Gadkari

Gadkari said the alliance forged by these “ideologically different” parties was just to keep the BJP out of power, which was unfortunate

New Delhi: On Friday Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has termed the alliance (Maha Vikas Aghadi) of ShivSena, NCP, and Congress as opportunistic, he said even if they formed the government in Maharashtra, it will not last beyond six to eight months.

Gadkari said the alliance forged by these “ideologically different” parties was just to keep the BJP out of power, which was unfortunate. The state is going to five-phased polls from November 30.

“Opportunism is the base of the three-party alliance. The three parties have become united with the only one motto to keep the BJP out of power. I have doubts about whether this government will be formed and even if it is formed, it will not last beyond six to eight months, said Gadkari.

All three ShivSena, Congress, and NCP are discussing the modalities for forming the government in Maharashtra. A long-time ally, ShivSena parted ways with the BJP after the state poll results amid differences over the chief minister post.

Asked if the BJP will try forming the government in case the alliance breaks, the minister said in case of such circumstances, the party will decide its future course of strategy.

Anything can happen in cricket and politics, he quipped adding that it was beyond his comprehension why the three parties will forge an alliance to form the government despite huge ideological differences.

The base of ShivSena and the BJP alliance was “Hindutva”, he said. Gadkari said Shiv Sena’s claim that the chief minister would be on a rotational basis was found untrue when he enquired.

“As per party President and others, the party’s stance on chief minister was to be decided later but things took an unfortunate turn, Gadkari said. The chief minister should be from the party which got a higher mandate, Gadkari adding that the decision as to who will be the chief minister lies with Maharashtra party president, state chief minister and the BJP president. “Our party did our efforts,” Gadkari said.

Asked about the meeting between NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gadkari said he was not aware of the details. On Thursday the Congress Working Committee granted in-principle approval to the party to form the government in the state along with the NCP and the ShivSena, sources had said.

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