New Delhi: At a time when Shiv Sena is planning to invite Amit Shah to the oath-taking ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray, the Union Home Minister on Wednesday accused it of breaking and insulting the people’s mandate in Maharashtra.
“The Shiv Sena has done the work of insulting the mandate of Maharashtra, not the BJP. The BJP is being blamed today, but why not blame the MLAs who camped and broke the pre-poll alliance? Leaving their ideology behind, these 3 parties are forming the government after abandoning all values,” he said.
Talking about the Shiv Sena’s demand of rotational chief minister for a perios of 2.5 years, Amit Shah said that his party had never assured them of the position of the chief minister.
“I again clarify that we never gave any assurance to the Shiv Sena for the post of Chief Minister. Every time, even in the meetings where Aditya Thackeray or Uddhavji were on the stage with us, we said that Devendra Fadnavis would become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, then why did they not protest at that time,” he asked.
He also said that the BJP had a major contribution behind the victory of these Shiv Sena MLAs who fought the elections in alliance with us.
“All Shiv Sena MLAs won the election by fighting in alliance with us. There is not a single MLA who has not put up a poster of Modi ji during the campaign. In Shiv Sena election campaigns, Modi ji had bigger cutouts than that of the BJP,” he added.
Talking about the Show of Strength gathering of 162 MLAs in a hotel in Mumbai by the alliance trio, Amit Shah said the BJP neither did camp of MLAs nor made them hostage in hotels.
“We neither have done any camp of our MLAs nor made them hostage in hotels. Those who made camps didn’t do anything wrong? Those who broke alliances to form the government are not wrong,” he asked.
He said the people of the country don’t get swayed by such propaganda of these political parties. “The people of the country know exactly what has happened and we have established a good communication with everyone in the country,” he added.
The statement from the Union Home Minister comes as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is all set to take oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra on November 28. The development comes after Uddhav was unanimously elected as the leader of the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP alliance.