Minister of State for Railways, Coal and Mines Raosaheb Patil Danve said the BJP was only in a waiting position and not trying to destabilize the Maharashtra government.
Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Patil Danve. ANI
Denying that any Union minister is threatening NCP leader Sharad Pawar, State Minister for Railways, Coal and Mines Raosaheb Patil Danve said on Friday: “No central minister is threatening. The BJP does not ‘t try to destabilize the government of Maharashtra.”
“This is an internal Shiv Sena matter. The BJP is only in a waiting position,” Patil added.
BJP Maharashtra Unit leader Chandrakant Patil also claimed that his party had played no role in the ongoing political crisis in the state.
Speaking to a reporter from Kolhapur, Chandrakant Patil said on Friday, “The BJP has nothing to do with the current infighting in Shiv Sena or Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) (comprising Sena, NCP and Congress). I had lunch with Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai on Thursday afternoon and then he left for New Delhi for work.”
“During our discussion, Fadnavis told me that some things were happening. But if (any development) had been something big, he would certainly have given me confidence,” he added.
Chandrakant Patil further said that the BJP is currently busy preparing for the 2024 elections.
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Earlier on Friday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut attacked Union Minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane for his remarks against the Pawar. Calling Rane’s statement “unacceptable”, Raut said whether the MVA alliance government in the state survives or not, “no one should use such language”.
Without naming Rane, Raut said in a tweet in Marathi: “A central BJP minister has said that if attempts are made to save the MVA government, then Sharad Pawar will not be allowed to return home. Whether the MVA government survives or not, the use of such language for Sharad Pawar is not acceptable.”
“Threats are made against Sharad Pawar by a central minister. Do these threats have the support of (PM) Modi and (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah?… We are taking steps to disqualify (rebel) MPs,” Raut said. told the media today.
Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the rebels camping in Guwahati, Assam, along with Eknath Shinde will eventually have to surrender to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. He also expressed his confidence that the state’s Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress (MVA) government will achieve a victory in the confidence vote “regardless of the strength of the rebellion”.
Reacting to Pawar’s remarks, Rane in a series of tweets last night alleged that the NCP leader was threatening rebel Shiv Sena MPs and that if anything happened to them in the State Assembly there would be consequences.
“Sharad Pawar is threatening (rebel) MPs to come to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Surely they will come and vote as per their will. If any harm befalls them, it will be difficult for them to return home,” Rane tweeted in Marathia .
“The MVA was formed to serve self-interest. No one should brag about their work,” said Rane, a former Shiv Sena leader who quit and joined Congress in 2005 and later switched to the BJP.
Without naming Pawar, Rane said, “Some people have a long history of rebelling from time to time. It is unseemly (for such people) to make unwarranted threats at an inappropriate age.”
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