Sena allied with NCP, Congress to keep BJP out of power: Fadnavis

MUMBAI: BJP leader and former prime minister on Monday alleged the Shiv Sena The alliance with the PNC and the previously planned movement to keep their party out of power in the richest state in the country.

Speaking to the Marathi newspaper 'Loksatta' here, Fadnavis said that in the five years of his government, he never disappointed Uddhav Thackeray, the president of the Seine who is now the Chief Minister at the head of the tripartite government of Maha Vikas Aghadi.

After thinking about Sena's behavior during the days after the elections, I realized that Sena's alliance with the PNC and Congress was previously planned. The Seine had already decided to keep us out of power.

In the last five years of our tenure (the BJP -Sena government) I never let down Uddhav Thackeray over any issue. But post-2019 elections, Uddhavji did not even answer my calls, he claimed when asked about the former NDA ally .

Fadnavis, the first BJP chief minister of the state, also spoke about attempts by his party to form government with the Sharad Pawar-led NCP.

A lot of things have happened behind the scenes and between the lines about the BJP and NCP's joint attempt to form government.

What happened between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PNC chief Sharad Pawar (during his meeting in Delhi last month) will come out soon. If you tell me to talk about it, I will make it public with confidence, said Fadnavis, who is now the leader of the opposition in the Maharashtra assembly.

Asked whether the Supreme Court's ruling (setting a deadline for floor test) forced NCP leader Ajit Pawar to walk out of the short-lived alliance with the BJP, Fadnavis said, The reasons behind Ajit Pawar's withdrawal are well-known to him. should come out and spell them.

I have termed the apex court's verdict on floor test last month as unexpected. On November 26, the SC had ordered a floor test by 5 pm on November 27 to determine the strength of the BJP - Ajit Pawar government. The apex court had also ruled out secret ballot route to prove majority in the assembly.

Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, his then deputy, resigned before the floor test at the assembly.

However, the decision of the Supreme Court was unexpected for us, as it did not agree with the commercial rules of the assembly. But we decided to respect the decision of the court, said the former prime minister, whose second term in the senior office lasted for only 80 hours.

Fadnavis said the Shiv Sena, which had a pre-poll alliance with the BJP for the October 21 assembly polls, had sought votes in the name of his party leaders.

It should not be forgotten that the Seine sought votes to show the images of our leaders and their work, but after winning, he joined the Congress and the PCN.

The Sena contested against the PCN and Congress, but after the elections, joined them, said the 49-year-old MLA of the Nagpur South West constituency.

The Sena has maintained it reached out to the NCP- Congress for government formation after the BJP rejected its power-sharing formula, that included sharing the chief minister's post for 2.5 years each.

Thackeray was sworn in as prime minister on November 28. Half a dozen ministers, two from the Seine, Congress and the PCN, also took an oath along with him.

In the polls to the 288-member assembly, the BJP won 105 seats - well short of the half-way mark of 145 - followed by the Sena (56), the NCP (54) and the Congress (44).