Eknath Shinde is not Shiv Sena chief: Uttam Thackeray

Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uttam Thackeray has said that the current Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is not a Shiv Sena chief.

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has won the 2019 assembly elections in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena chief Uttam Thackeray has said that Union Minister Amit Shah has promised to hand over power to both the parties before the elections. The BJP had denied this. The two parties broke off a 30-year alliance for the chief ministership. Following this, Uttam Thackeray of the Shiv Sena formed an alliance with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress and ruled for the last 2 years. In this situation, Eknath Shinde, who was a minister with more than 40 Shiv Sena MLAs, formed an alliance with the BJP and demanded the right to form a government with the Governor yesterday.

Governor Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the Chief Minister and Devendra Patnaik as the Deputy Chief Minister of the BJP. Former Chief Minister Uttam Thackeray has said that the BJP has relinquished the post of Chief Minister to a Shiv Sena member. The current chief minister, Eknath Shinde, is not a Shiv Sena chief. I said the same thing two and a half years ago. A similar formula was decided between me and Amit Shah.
That is, during the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance, I had told Amit Shah in 2019 that both the parties could share the chief ministership for two and a half years each. He was also accepting. They refused to accept it after the election. Even though the Shiv Sena was in close alliance with the BJP in the Center and in the state, it refused then and now why does the BJP do that. If leaving the post of Chief Minister to one of the other parties, it could have been done with respect in 2019. Had this been done then the ‘Maha Vikas Agadi’ alliance would not have been formed. Thus he said.

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