Shiv Sena will boycott BJP chief minister’s oath-taking ceremony in Maharashtra
NEW DELHI: Shiv Sena on Thursday decided to boycott
Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief minister-designate Devendra Fadnavis’
oath-taking ceremony after BJP hinted Sena’s inclusion in the Maharashtra
government will be unlikely.
Earlier, the BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said no Sena
leader will be inducted in the state government. Rudy, however, did not rule
out tie-up with Sena, saying talks are on with its former ally.
The BJP leader was quoted as saying, “It seems
unlikely that any Shiv Sena minister will be sworn in tomorrow. Talks with Sena
are on in an amicable atmosphere for a possible tie-up in Maharashtra but there
has been no outcome yet.” Fadnavis will be sworn in as the chief minister on
On Thursday, in an editorial in its mouthpiece, ‘Saamna’,
Sena questioned the legitimacy of running a minority government. It said
running a minority government is similar to enjoying power without
responsibility. Sena also warned the BJP that a minority government is against
The editorial, as quoted in The Hindu, said, “The
major challenge in front of Devendra Fadnavis is to prove majority in the state
assembly. The stand of forming and running a minority government may seem fine
at present. But to enjoy power with such government is against the
The editorial however said it “wholeheartedly welcomes”
Fadnavis as the new chief minister-designate of Maharashtra, two days after the
BJP anointed him.
“We wholeheartedly welcome the new CM of
Maharashtra... We are confident that with Narendra (Modi) in Delhi and Devendra
(Fadnavis) in Maharashtra, nobody can prevent ‘achhe din’ (good days) from
coming to Maharashtra,” the Shiv Sena said in an edit in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.