A day after much sabre-rattling between the saffron allies ahead of the Kalyan civic polls, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance would contest the Mumbai civic polls together.
On the occasion of the first anniversary of his government, Fadnavis, however, refused to comment on the mud-slinging between him and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
“We will contest the BMC polls together. There is no reason to not have an alliance with Sena,” he said.
“This is the first anniversary of our entire government, not just the BJP’s. Even next year we will complete another year in power together,” Fadnavis added.
On Friday, Thackeray had threatened to walk out of the government if BJP’s arrogance continued even as a Sena minister, Eknath Shinde, handed in his resignation to Thackeray, alleging misuse of power by the ally. Fadnavis retorted by calling the Sena a ‘drama company’.
The Chief Minister also said that one or two incidents (referring to the Sena protests) cannot be used to assess the law and order situation in Maharashtra.
“When we took over, the conviction rate, a barometer of the law and order situation in the state, was an abysmal 9%. That has increased to 42% and we are now among the first five states country on this count. One or two incidents cannot be used to assess the safety in the city or the state,’’ he added.