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‘Politics like cricket, anything can happen’: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari refused to predict which party would come to power. “This is an appropriate question to the wrong person,”

New Delhi: On Thursday Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari reacting to the question on the government formation in Maharashtra, employed the analogy of cricket to explain the fact that the results in politics too can change dramatically.

While addressing the audience at an event, Nitin Gadkari said, “Anything can happen in cricket and politics. Somewhere you feel that you are losing the match, but the result is ultimately the opposite.”

After the results of assembly elections, BJP emerged as the single largest party in the state followed by the ShivSena and NCP.

BJP and ShivSena couldn’t form the government after ShivSena demanded rotational CM for Maharashtra, where both parties would rule for two and a half years. However, BJP didn’t agree to the formula with Nitin Gadkari said that there was no such deal between his party and the ShivSena over the equal distribution of portfolios, including sharing the post of the chief ministership.

Gadkari said on the situation in the state “I have just arrived in Delhi. I am more connected to Delhi. I don’t know detailed politics of Maharashtra”.

Gadkari had said last Thursday “Devendra Fadnavis has been chosen and anything in Maharashtra will be under him. I am in Delhi. There is no question of moving to the state,”.

Currently, Maharashtra is under President’s Rule. The deadlock was a result of the ShivSena and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s failure to come to an agreement on government formation in the state. While the ShivSena demanded a power-sharing agreement, including an assurance that it would get the chief minister’s post for half of the five-year term, the BJP refused it.

The Sena is now trying to strike up an alliance with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, but they have yet not completely worked out a common minimum program.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari refused to predict which party would come to power. “This is an appropriate question to the wrong person,”.

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