Devendra Fadnavis flanked by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudhir Mungantiwar (L) and Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil (R), interacts with media personnel after his resignation from chief minister post, in Mumbai, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Devendra Fadnavis flanked by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudhir Mungantiwar (L) and Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil (R), interacts with media personnel after his resignation from chief minister post, in Mumbai, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
PTI Photo/Shashank Parade

Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said the Shiv Sena was responsible for calling off the talks for the government formation in the state after the Assembly poll results were out and claimed the BJP never indulges in horse-trading.

"From the very first day, the Shiv Sena is 100 per cent responsible. They called off the talks. After that, we continuously tried to have a discussion. They never picked up our phone. I myself made many calls but they never answered," he told reporters here.

"Some people are alleging the BJP is indulging in horse-trading of MLAs. BJP does not do such things. They should stop giving such statements for publicity. I ask them to come to me if there is any such thing. BJP never forms the government by breaking any party. We don't need more MLAs. The BJP will form a strong government," said Fadnavis, whom Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari has appointed Maharashtra's acting chief minister.

He further said the Shiv Sena and the BJP came together because both the parties share Hindutva ideology.

"I had earlier said that there are some differences between us. We want to be together by keeping differences at bay. During the alliance, we told them that they should stop giving statements against the BJP," said Fadnavis.

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