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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 Oct 31.

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 constitution.

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 constitution.”

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’. (Agencies)