“About what happened yesterday, I had told Amit Shah earlier as well that there should be a Shiv Sena Chief Minister for 2.5 years. Had they done this earlier, there would’ve been no Maha Vikas Aghadi,” Uddhav said.
Mumbai: “If Amit Shah would have kept his promise, Maharashtra would have had a BJP Chief Minister till now,” said former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray a day after rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde took over the reins and became the Chief Minister of the state.
“About what happened yesterday, I had told Amit Shah earlier as well that there should be a Shiv Sena Chief Minister for 2.5 years. Had they done this earlier, there would’ve been no Maha Vikas Aghadi,” he said.
Thackeray said Amit Shah had promised that the Shiv Sena and the BJP would time-share the Chief Minister’s post or simply put, have rotational Chief Ministers. However, after Thackeray’s allegation, the BJP said no such promise was made. They also mentioned it was clearly decided that whoever gets a greater number of votes would get to call the shots.
However, displeased over the BJP not keeping its word, the Shiv Sena joined hands with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress and formed the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Although never explicitly out in the open, the MVA constituents often had differences.
On Thursday, Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis were sworn-in as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra at the Raj Bhawan, days after Shinde left the state along with a few MLAs and rebelled against Uddhav Thackeray.
After heightened political drama in Maharashtra for over a week, Wednesday things settled after the Supreme Court turned down a Shiv Sena plea to stop a floor test ordered by the Governor and subsequently, Uddhav Thackeray quit as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Thackeray announced his decision through Facebook live and in some time, reached the Governor’s house and submitted his resignation.