Mumbai: The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed two of his cabinet colleagues to meet Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena president, on Sunday to give him an ultimatum. The directive sent is to ask his legislators to mend their ways or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will go in for mid-term polls.
The BJP core committee meeting on Thursday worked on two options for the stability of its government. The next day CM met the BJP leaders and the decision was taken to send two ministers to meet Thackeray. According to the BJP minister, Chandrakant Patil, minister for revenue and Sudhir Mungantiwar, minister for finance will meet Thackeray on Sunday.
“Two ministers will meet the Sena president and will ask them to instruct his party legislators to cooperate BJP government to conduct business of the House smoothly, stop criticising BJP, stop opposing infrastructure projects as Sena is also part of the BJP government,” said the BJP minister.
He further said, “We are really fed up with the Sena and do not want to continue with them. Most of the BJP ministers are in favour of mid-term poll.”
“We do not want to tarnish the image of the CM by taking legislators from Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, as few shown interest in wanting to jump to over to BJP,” he said.
“Delhi (Central BJP) has a survey report that shows if the BJP went in for mid-term polls, we would win at least 205 seats in Maharashtra,” the minister said.
The cabinet minister also said that the BJP is mulling to go in for elections after the upcoming Monsoon session of the state Legislature.
However, according to BJP party functionary, the mid-term poll will be announced with Gujarat and Karnataka in October this year.
In the present situation, BJP has 122 legislators and it has support of other 12 legislators including a dozen independent candidates. The BJP’s tally in the Lower House is 134 and the party needs support of another 11 members at least to touch the magic figure of 145.