Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, “They (BJP) are also doing this for the Presidential polls.”
Mumbai: Support poured in for the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government from several quarters even as the tussle between the rebel faction of Shiv Sena led by Eknath Shinde continued to engage in a hard bargain. The support came in the backdrop of two MLAs who were allegedly “forcibly” kept in Surat, returned to Maharashtra and pledged their support for the MVA.
Reacting to the political crisis in Maharashtra, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “We want justice for Uddhav Thackeray and all. Today you (BJP) are in power and using money, muscle, mafia power. But one day you have to go. Someone can break your party too. This is wrong and I don’t support it.”
She added, “Instead of Assam, send them (rebel MLAs) to Bengal. We will give them good hospitality…After Maharashtra, they will topple other governments also. We want justice for people and the Constitution of India.”
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal said, “If some people want to go out, then they will somehow find reason to do so. Even in governments run by single parties, there can be internal tussles. Here there are three different parties, there could be differences but that doesn’t mean the government should be destabilised.”
He added, “We are in Sharad Pawar-led MVA and are with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. If at all we are not in power, we know how to fight while being in the Opposition.”
However, he added, “If what Sanjay Raut said is correct. If they (Shiv Sena) want to go on that path (exit MVA) then they should talk to our leader NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Nobody can stop them, every party can go on their own path.”
Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge said, “The BJP and the Centre are fully responsible for destabilising a stable government in Maharashtra to form their own government in the state. They are also doing this for the Presidential polls. I want to say that we all (Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena) will strengthen Maha Vikas Aghadi.”
“My party will stand with the Maha Vikas Aghadi and we want to work together. The present Maharashtra government is doing developmental work in the state. BJP trying to destabilise the Maharashtra government. They did the same in the past too in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Goa,” Kharge added.