Mumbai : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday was seen going back on his words within less than 24 hours.Thackeray had on Monday said that the lone Shiv Sena minister in the union cabinet Anant Gite will resign as soon as Modi arrives from his United States tour.
But, at a press conference at his residence ‘Matoshree’ today, he said that though the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in Mharashtra has ended, Shiv Sena will take a decision on whether to withdraw from the NDA after holding discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is being interpreted as an indication that the party may continue in the Centre’s ruling coalition despite parting ways with BJP in Maharashtra.
Uddhav admitted that quitting the alliance at the national level was “not easy”. “Joining NDA and then pulling out is not that easy. All MPs who have been elected and those who could not win have bagged votes of both Shiv Sena and BJP. It is the people’s mandate. A decision will be taken after discussions with Prime Minister Modi and considering what our supporters feel,” he told reporters.
The Sena chief, under attack from his estranged cousin and MNS leader Raj Thackeray for “sticking to power” at the Centre despite the break-up in Maharashtra, had yesterday said Gite will hand over his resignation to Modi on his return from the US.
Gite, however, said he had not received any instruction to resign.
“This is false news as I have not been given any instruction so far. So, how does the question of my resignation arise,” the Heavy Industries Minister had said.
Maintaining that there was “no question of defiance” if such an instruction came from Uddhav, he said, “I am a staunch Shiv Sainik. I will obey whatever directive my leader gives.”