While the alliance between the BJP and Shiv Sena is over, the NDA’s second largest political party is hopeful about retaining its position in the government and its ministerial berth in the Narendra Modi-led government.
Anant Geete, considered a key aide to Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, is the sole minister from the party in the Union cabinet. He is in charge of the heavy industries ministry.
“There is no question of resigning. I am a part of the NDA,” Geete had said earlier in the day, before the party’s decided to snap ties.
While Geete hurriedly left for Mumbai after the announcement came, his party sources maintained that the NDA alliance at the Centre would not be affected. “We could not reach a seat-sharing arrangement in Maharashtra. It does not mean that we have come out of the NDA,” said a senior Sena leader.
The BJP did not attack its now-estranged ally. “We are committed that even if we are parting ways there will be no bitterness whatsoever between our old partners,” BJP’s state in-charge for Maharashtra, Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
Sena sources claimed that chances of a post-poll alliance are still open.
Even if Sena sits out of the alliance, the Modi government will remain largely unaffected as the BJP enjoys brute majority in the Lok Sabha. In the Rajya Sabha, however, the NDA which is already in minority will lose three more seats and will be forced scout for more outside partners.