In an apparent reference to Shiv Sena’s veiled threat of pulling out from the coalition, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his party is ready for mid-term polls in the state, if situation arises.
“Some people said that they will bring the government down, will withdraw support. I said we are ready for mid-term polls,” he told the press while his visit to Delhi last evening.
“If someone wants to impel us to go for mid-term polls, I am confident we will be able to form the government again,” Fadnavis said, though he stopped short of naming any party.
Both the ideologically long-standing allies have been at the loggerheads on several issues ever since the formation of state government after 2014 assembly polls. Shiv Sena had even participated in Opposition’s protest against Centre’s demonetisation move last year.
And off late, Shiv Sena once again heavily criticised Fadnavis government over the issue of farmers agitation. Though the state government announced the long-standing demand of the waiver last Sunday, the tension between the allies is still simmering.
Senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut had last week said that “Maharashtra will witness a political earthquake next month”.
“Time and again, our ally is trying to finish us. So the question now concerns our survival. The Shiv Sena will start its political fight from July. Be ready for it,” he had said while addressing a gathering at Nashik as part of party’s ‘Shivsampark Abhiyan’.
“There will be a political earthquake in the state next month,” he added.
On the other hand, BJP is seemingly buoyed by a massive success in the local bodies polls, held earlier this year, where they had won majority of municipalities.
“This success was unprecedented and no other party achieved such success. The Congress-NCP couldn’t attend the success even during their hay days. So, people believe in the government,” the CM said.
Incidentally, the development had taken place when there are reports that top BJP leadership is due to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackery to hold discussions over the Presidential polls due next month.
(With inputs from Agencies)