Responding to the BJP’s government formation, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray said in a press conference on Saturday that this was is nothing but a political surgical strike by the BJP.
Last night, Mr Pawar had pledged support to a Shiv Sena-led alliance along with the Congress and announced that Uddhav Thackeray would be chief minister. Mr Pawar said he had received a call in the morning at 6.30 am that a meeting had been called at Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's house.
Uddhav Thackeray was also asked whether he feared the BJP would take away some of Sena's 56 MLAs. "Let them try," replied Mr Thackeray.
This is a new kind of thing that the country has witnessed... This is nothing but disrespect towards the constitution of India and the mandate of the people of Maharashtra. This is not just in Maharashtra... the BJP is doing this all over the country. The BJP is forming governments with people like Dushyant Chautala, who they spoke against all along. The BJP must go back and introspect... and see what ideals Shivaji Maharaj stood for. This is nothing but a political surgical strike that the BJP has done. We will stand together and we will form the government in Maharashtra, says Uddhav Thackeray.
In the joint press conference, NCP leader said that he has called a meeting of all MLAs at 4.30 pm. "Except Ajit Pawar, none of the other NCP MLAs went for the swearing in ceremony. The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance is still active. All the elected MLAs have given their support to this alliance," Mr Pawar said.
Asked whether he would sequester his MLAs before the test of strength in the assembly, Mr Pawar said: "We will do whatever it takes to keep the flock together." Ajit Pawar has been removed as leader of the NCP legislature party. Mr Pawar said he had not decided on expelling his nephew from the party.