BJP’s smaller allies didn’t get invites

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 06, 2014 00:35 IST

The smaller allies of the Mahayuti, headed by the BJP, are angry after being excluded from the swearing in ceremony of the Shiv Sena and BJP legislators on Friday.

The allies — Swabhimaan Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) and the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP) — did not attend the ceremony. Only RPI chief Ramdas Athawale and Vinayak Mete of the Shiv Sangram attended the ceremony.

According to Sadabhau Khot, state president, SSS, the BJP needs to introspect. “We may have been excluded because we are a small party. The BJP should introspect about who allied with them during difficult times,” said Khot.

Even RSP chief Mahadev Jankar, who was tipped to be in the state Cabinet, skipped the event. “I am currently out of Mumbai and hence cannot attend the event,” said Jankar.

The allies are angry because the Sena was preferred over them even though they are a part of the winning alliance.

In the recent Assembly elections, only the RSP could manage to win one seat, while all others scored a blank.

The allies, however, were of the opinion that the BJP could win 122 seats thanks to the support given by the allies, who command a vote bank in select pockets across the state, which was transferred to the BJP.

Athawale said the anger among the allies was understandable. “The BJP should accommodate all the allies in the Cabinet. The chief minister assured us we all would be included after the Nagpur Assembly session,” said Athawale.

“Today we have included the Sena and after this even the allies will be in shortly,” said Fadnavis.

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