Maharashtra: BJP welcomes support from any party, except Congress
NEW DELI: As its government braces for a trust vote in
Maharashtra on Wednesday, BJP on Tuesday said it welcomes support of all
parties except Congress for development of the state.
The BJP will welcome support of all parties except
Congress, which is ‘responsible for the mess’, so that the government can work
for development of Maharashtra and fulfil the aspirations of its people, newly
appointed Minister of State (MoS) Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
The remark by Rudy, who was in-charge of Maharashtra
affairs of BJP till recently, indicated that the BJP was not averse to
receiving support of all non-Congress parties in the state, including the NCP.
“Those who want to come forward for the development of
Maharashtra should come. We want to take along all those who want to come
forward for the development of Maharashtra. I hope Shiv Sena will turn around,”
Asked about Sharad Pawar’s NCP, he said that party has
already extended unconditional support but dismissed suggestions that they will
be running the show in the state.
On a query whether Union Minister Anant Geete will
soon resign and Shiv Sena will sit in opposition in Maharashtra, he said he was
not aware of Geete resigning. “Even prior to elections, we wanted to take Shiv
Sena along and post-elections also, wanted it to be part of the government,” he
The remarks were significant as Shiv Sena gave
conflicting signals of sitting in the Opposition in the state Assembly while
appearing open to conciliatory talks.
Rudy was speaking after taking over as Minister of
State for Parliamentary Affairs along with Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Parliament
House today in the presence of Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
In a sudden move on Monday, a day after its chief
Uddhav Thackeray served an ultimatum to BJP to come clear within two days on
the issue of taking NCP's support for survival of its government, Sena
submitted a letter to the Assembly Secretary asking him to accord its
Legislature Party leader Eknath Shinde Leader of Opposition status.
Hours later, however, Uddhav said the decision to
stake claim to LoP's post was taken because Congress wanted the position on the
ground that Sena was part of the BJP-led NDA and, if that were to happen, “we
would have been left nowhere.”
After BJP and Sena, Congress is the third largest
party in the Assembly with 42 MLAs.
BJP has 121 MLAs in the Assembly with effective
strength of 287, still 24 short of a majority. With the help of 7 independents
and few others from smaller parties, it can reduce the gap but cannot bridge it
41-member NCP holds key to the survival of the
Devendra Fadnavis government. With the 63-member Shiv Sena deciding to sit in
the opposition, the minority Fadnavis dispensation can win the trust vote with
the help of either active voting by NCP or through abstention.