Mumbai: Highly placed sources from the Shiv Sena disclosed that party ministers have been asked to resign before the municipal election campaign is over. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray too has indicated his party intends to pull out of the BJP-led state government.
The Free Press Journal had reported on moves by the Sena to pull out of the government in last Saturday’s edition.
“We are on ‘notice’ period and we will take appropriate decision at appropriate time,” said Thackeray. Sanjay Raut, Sena’s member of Rajya Sabha member too had hinted at this on Sunday. A senior Sena leader revealed that Sena minister will tender their resignation to the party chief Thackeray on February 18. “Thackeray will take final call on whether the resignation letters are to be submitted to the Governor or not,” said the leader.
The election campaign for the civic poll including Municipal Corporation and Zilla Parishad will be over on February 19 at 5 pm and the voting will be done on Sunday, February 21.
In the 38-member Fadnavis cabinet, there are five cabinet and seven minister of state from Shiv Sena.
The Sena leader also claimed that BJP would take support of Nationalist Congress Party either from outside or some senior NCP leader would be inducted into state cabinet. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik declined to speak on the issue.
BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari refuted possibilities of Sena withdrawing support from BJP. He said, “BJP will win more seats in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election and there will be no chance of Sena quitting from the state government.”
Congress spokesperson Anant Gaddil termed the relation between Sena and BJP as ‘live in relation even after divorce.’