Next Maharashtra CM will be from BJP: Javadekar
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needing support to form the government in Maharashtra, it ruled out a tie-up with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), while keeping its options open on reviving its alliance with the Shiv Sena.
Three hours after counting, BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar insisted that irrespective of prospective alliances, the next Maharashtra chief minister will be from the BJP ranks.
"We fought Congress and NCP, their corruption. We brought out skeletons of corruption from their cupboards. There is no question of allying with NCP," Union minister Prakash Javadekar, a leader from Maharashtra, said.
It will be an insult to us and voters, he said when asked aut possibility of BJP allying with NCP to form the government.
When told that the BJP will have to tie up with another party, probably the Shiv Sena, since it does not have numbers on its own, Javadekar said, "The party will take a final decision,” he said.
According to political sources, channels of communication opened up between BJP and Sena late on Saturday, following statements from senior leaders of both parties that they will join hands to come to power if necessary.
“Our ideological fight was against the NCP and Congress and Sena is our natural ally. It is true that we are hurt because of the things Sena said about our party and PM Modi,” state president Devendra Fadanvis said as the leads were declared. Fadnavis along with senior leaders Om Mathur and Vinod Tawde convened meetings at the BJP headquarters on Sunday morning.
Amid indications of a hung assembly, the Shiv Sena on Sunday said the next Maharashtra chief minister will be Uddhav Thackeray.
"Whatever happens, the next chief minister would be Sena president Uddhav Thackeray," said party spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut as the results started pouring in.
"In politics, we cannot disclose all the cards right now. We shall make our stand clear this evening," Raut added.
This could put a dampener on ex-ally BJP's efforts to reach out to them. The BJP appeared set to be the single largest party, with majority eluding it in the 288-member house.
(With IANS inputs)