Amit Shah calls off meeting with Thackeray

Amit Shah calls off meeting with Thackeray


Bharatiya Janata Party president has called off a scheduled meeting with Shiv Sena chief , Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, on Wednesday after the two parties exchanged barbs over sharing of power in Maharashtra.

According to BJP sources here, Mr Amit Shah was scheduled to meet Mr. Thackeray at the latter's residence to sew up the power-sharing arrangement after last week's state  elections. Mr. Shah was officially to be in Mumbai to attend the meeting of the BJP legislative party in the  Assembly.

However, the Chief Minister, Mr.  Devendra Fadnavis, announced on Tuesday that Mr. Shah would not be attending the BJP event. He also  denied that the BJP had agreed to sharing the chief minister's post with the Shiv Sena ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

'The Shiv Sena was not promised CM's post for two- and-a-half years when the alliance was finalised before the Lok Sabha elections,' Mr.  Fadnavis told reporters. His statement comes days after Mr. Uddhav Thackeray claims of stitching up a 50:50 power-sharing deal with Mr. Amit Shah earlier this year. The Sena had also demanded that the two parties sign a written agreement to share power.

Mr. Fadnavis also indicated that he would continue as chief minister as part of a BJP-led alliance government.