Shiv Sena Accuses BJP of Poaching MLAs

Shiv Sena allegedly moves MLA’s to Trident hotel as fears of the BJP poaching its MLAs intensifies 

Tags – Maharashtra political crisis, Maharashtra elections, BJP, Shiv Sena 

*CNN-18 reports Shiv Sena moving MLAs to Trident Hotel in Nariman Point to avoid poaching

*Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut denies news, says MLAs are “firm in their resolve”

* BJP delegation to meet Governor at 2:00 PM today

The lockdown between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena intensifies, with the state heading towards President’s rule if there is no concrete solution. Amidst this, the Shiv Sena in its magazine Saamna accused the BJP of poaching its MLAs. Sena accused the BJP of using “money power” to end the stalemate in its favour.  

Earlier this morning, CNN News 18 reported that amongst fear of poaching akin to Karnataka, the Shiv Sena has moved it’s MLAs to a hotel in Nariman Point. However, Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader denies their MLAs being moved into a hotel. “There is no need for us to do this, our MLAs are firm in their resolve and committed to the party. Those who are spreading such rumours should worry about their MLAs first,” he said. A BJP state delegation will be meeting the governor today. 

On Tuesday, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Nitin Gadkari met Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat. According to reports, Bhgwat told Fadnavis to rather serve people from the opposition than engage in any “horse trading or unholy politics” that might hurt the BJP in the long run. Sanjay Raut confirmed that no talks have taken place between Udhhav Thackrey and Mohan Bhagwat so far. 

In the assembly elections, the BJP won 105 seats while the Shiv Sena won 56. BJP’s underperformance made Sena demand equal division of portfolios and sharing the CM’s position by both parties with Aditya Thackrey being their candidate of choice. They had earlier claimed they would not join BJP on the negotiating table until Amit Shah himself gave them in writing that the CM post would be shared equally. However, the BJP appears bent on making Devendra Fadnavis as the CM for five years sans any compromise. Ashok Chavan from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)  said that the NCP and Congress may join hands to form the government if the BJP-Shiv Sena do not.

Kinjal Pandey