Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Nov 18: Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Danve has said that if today, Balasaheb Thackeray were alive, so present political situation for the government formation would not have been emerged in Maharashtra.
Mr Danve, a former state BJP president, was here to take stock of the situation in the affected villages in Nanded and Jalna district due to the recent rain fury. Talking to reporters here on Sunday, he said that BJP- Shiv Sena alliance had fought election together in the state and people had given them a clear mandate to form the government.
"Though the mandate was for the alliance, but the Sena president Uddhav Thacekeray took adamant stand on the issue of chief minister post after the result and started talking with different ideological parties, including the Congress, for the sake of CM post to Sena," Mr Danve, who is MP from Jalna, said.
He further added that he tried to contact Mr Thackeray over the phone but Sena president did not respond to him.
Recalling the 1995 election in which the BJP-Sena alliance came to power for the first time in the state, Mr Danve said, "When we won the election in 1995, late Balasaheb Thackeray and Pramod Mahajan had decided that whoever had won more seats, would get the CM post. BJP got Deputy CM post, while Sena was given the CM post."
In 1995, the Shiv Sena won 73 seats, while the BJP won 65. Mr Danve also said that both parties should respect the mandate to form government.
Talking about recent rain furry which damaged ready kharif standing crop in the state, he said, "Every farmer will get compensation and in this regard, the state governor already announced the package and directed to all district collectors to take early action in this regard." (UNI)