Mumbai/Staff Reporter : The dream of Shiv Sena-MNS merger after the death of Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray has been shattered by none other than Raj Thackeray as his party has refused to support Shiv Sena’s no-confidence motion against the State government.
This strategic move by MNS is being linked to the alleged humiliation of its chief during the funeral procession and last rites of Balasaheb. This is perceived as an unexpected development in political circles and has given a major boost to the ruling Congress-NCP alliance on the backfoot on account of its white paper.
Now, it is the Opposition which is on the backfoot as a crucial partner like MNS has termed the no-confidence move as untimely.
“Shiv Sena did not consult any party in the Opposition before moving this no-trust motion,” MNS leader Bala Nandgaokar alleged. Indirectly admitting the same, Sena’s Subhash Desai said the decision was taken at the last moment, but claimed that after filing the motion they discussed it with other parties.
Raj was reportedly humiliated during the last rites and he expressed his unhappiness first by not supporting the demand for a Thackeray memorial at Shivaji Park and now by opposing the no-confidence motion. BJP too did not come out openly in support of the move.
Meanwhile, in protest against the re-induction of Ajit Pawar into the Cabinet as Deputy Chief Minister, the Opposition parties boycotted the customary tea party organized by the government. Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse, Sena leader Subhash Desai, Nandgaokar and Peasants and Workers Party leader Meenakshi Patil announced in a joint press conference that they would not allow the House to function till an inquiry by a Special Investigative Team is ordered into the irrigation scam.
“During our reign, charges of corruption were levelled against our ministers. They quit the cabinet and following a clean chit a few of them were inducted. But Ajit Pawar without any clean chit was inducted into cabinet,” Khadse alleged.
When asked about the tirade against him, Ajit Pawar, addressing a press conference, said, ” I will answer them, I am ready.”