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“Open to the Idea of Offering Deputy CM Post in Maharashtra to Shiv Sena,” Amit Shah

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Published on October 20, 2019 with No Comments

Clearing his party’s stand on Shiv Sena’s demand for deputy chief ministership, BJP president and union home minister Amit Shah has indicated BJP is open to the idea of offering the post to its ally but said Devendra Fadnavis will continue as Maharashtra CM if NDA comes to power in the state. ​

Shah while talking to a leading TV channel from India denied there was any rift with the Sena camp over its statements that the next chief minister of Maharashtra should be a Shiv Sainik, but made the BJP’s position on the issue clear.

“I don’t think [Shiv Sena leaders issuing such statements] is a big threat to the alliance. It is very clear that Fadnavis will be the Chief Minister,” he told News18. Shah was then asked a follow up question – will they consider having a Shiv Sainik as a deputy CM?

“This is an issue that Devendra Fadnavis and his team will take a call on. They along with BJP’s Parliamentary board will exchange opinions on the subject. All options are open right now,” Shah said.

The BJP president also spoke at length on the reported tiff between the two old alliance partners. Given Shiv Sena’s regular barbs through their mouthpiece Saamna, their leaders repeatedly challenging BJP on key issues in the Parliament, and return volleys from some BJP leaders, and protracted seat sharing negotiations between the two parties, many news outlets have been talking about a widening rift between the two parties. Shah denied all such reports.

“There is a pressure from the party workers. All party workers want their party to expand. Regarding the negotiations I don’t find anything problematic in this. It is a sign of a healthy coalition,” Shah said.

 

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