Requested Uddhav Thackeray 3-4 times to go with natural ally BJP: Eknath Shinde
New Delhi/IBNS: Newly appointed Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who is in Delhi and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday, said that the Shiv Sena MLAs who broke off from the Thackeray camp had tried to persuade former Chief Minister and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray "three to four times" to go with "natural ally" Bharatiya Janata Party.
Tweeting images of him meeting PM Modi, Shinde wrote: "Today,together with my colleague DyCM @Dev_Fadnavis met Prime Minister of India Hon.Shri@narendramodi जी to seek his Blessings for Maharashtra's Progress and Thanked him for his Untiring Support."
Today,together with my colleague DyCM @Dev_Fadnavis met Prime Minister of India Hon.Shri @narendramodi जी to seek his Blessings for Maharashtra's Progress and Thanked him for his Untiring Support.#hindutvawarriors pic.twitter.com/dbMWDQailY— Eknath Shinde - एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) July 9, 2022
Earlier speaking to the media, he said several Sena legislators were upset with the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance and had unsuccessfully tried several times to convince Thackeray about it before launching the rebellion.
Shinde is on a two-day visit to Delhi along with his Deputy Devendra Fadnavis to discuss cabinet expansion with the central BJP leadership.
दिल्ली दौऱ्यादरम्यान आज भारतीय जनता पक्षाचे राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष मा.श्री.@JPNadda यांची सदिच्छा भेट घेतली. यावेळी राज्याच्या वतीने त्यांना विठोबा रखुमाईची मूर्ती भेट म्हणून दिली. pic.twitter.com/Ize8tzdaOX— Eknath Shinde - एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) July 9, 2022
Speaking to the media here, he reiterated that the MLAs in support of him are the real Shiv Sena. "We have the numbers and have been recognised by the assembly speaker," he said.
On the dispute over who gets to use the party symbol, he said they have faith in the judiciary. "We are Shiv Sena and haven't done anything illegal. We have been recognised as the Legislative party," he added.
Shinde also refuted charges that his ally BJP can go to any extent to be in power.
"I have 50 MLAs, BJP has 115. People anticipated that the Chief Minister will be from the BJP. Can people now say the same thing about the BJP? They can't. A small worker like me got a chance to be the Chief Minister," he added.
He alleged that Uddhav Thackeray neglected Bal Thackeray's Hindutva while the BJP supported it.
Speaking to the media, Devendra Fadnavis expressed support and commitment to making the new government successful.
"It has nothing to do with having a big heart. I follow all the instructions of our leaders. I am with Mr Shinde. We will work under him very well," he said.
"Shiv Sena is of Balasaheb Thackeray and we are in alliance with Balasaheb's Shiv Sena," he added.
Eknath Shinde took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on June 30 a day after Uddhav Thackeray resigned following a revolt in his party.
Shinde and Fadnavis have already met BJP President JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and President Ram Nath Kovind.
दिल्ली दौऱ्यादरम्यान आज केंद्रीय संरक्षण मंत्री मा.श्री.@rajnathsingh जी यांची सदिच्छा भेट घेतली. राज्यातील संरक्षण विषयक महत्वाच्या विषयांबाबत लागेल ते सर्व सहकार्य करण्याची तयारी त्यांनी याप्रसंगी दर्शवली.यासमयी उपमुख्यमंत्री मा.श्री.@Dev_Fadnavis हेदेखील उपस्थित होते. pic.twitter.com/jkAJuwgFW6— Eknath Shinde - एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) July 9, 2022