BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday rejected the Shiv Sena's claim that it was promised rotational chief ministership in a new Maharashtra government.
He said that Sena’s new demand of a chief ministership as a post-electoral condition could not be accepted. "Before the elections, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I had said many times in public that Devendra Fadnavis will be the Chief Minister if the alliance wins. Nobody objected back then. Now they have come up with new demands that are not acceptable to us," Amit Shah told news agency ANI in his first remarks ever since the BJP fell out with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.
The Shiv Sena, on the other hand, claims that the BJP had agreed to share the chief minister's position with it during seat-sharing talks between Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray before the elections. The BJP denies making any such promise.
Amit Shah, who also serves as the Home Minister, condemned the manner in which his party's spat with the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena had gone public. "It's not in our party's tradition to disclose what transpires behind closed doors," he said. "If the Sena thinks that it can revolt and get the people's sympathy, they really don't know the public."
Although the BJP and the Shiv Sena had achieved a comfortable majority in the October 21 assembly elections, the state was plunged into political uncertainty after the two allies entered into a tussle for power.
In his interview with ANI, Amit Shah said that his party does not favour mid-term elections either. "Maharashtra was given 18 days to form the government, which is unprecedented for any state. The governor invited parties only after the tenure of the state assembly ended. President's Rule was declared when no party came forward to stake claim," he said, adding that any party can approach the governor even today if it has the numbers.