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Cong wants Oppn leader’s post, puts Sena under pressure

With the Shiv Sena going all out against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress, which is the third-largest party in the Assembly, put the Sena under pressure by staking its claim to the Opposition post.

mumbai Updated: Nov 10, 2014 00:14 IST
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With the Shiv Sena going all out against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress, which is the third-largest party in the Assembly, put the Sena under pressure by staking its claim to the Opposition post.

On Friday, the Sena (63 MLAs) elected its group leader, Eknath Shinde, who will be their Opposition leader in case the party doesn’t join the BJP government. The Sena asked the BJP to stay away from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) if it wanted a stable government in association with its former ally.

The Congress, however, tried to propel the Sena into the final act by wishing to contest the post of Opposition leader, who enjoys the same perks as a cabinet minister. “We will stake our claim to the Opposition post,” said state Congress president Manikrao Thakre on Sunday.

The Congress, with 42 legislators, has not yet named its group leader despite holding a legislators’ meeting last week. Congress insiders said the party was waiting for the Sena’s final call.

The NCP has 41 legislators, but has declared support to the Devenda Fadnavis government from outside. The Sena can easily get the prime post by way of its strength of 63 seats.