Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said the BJP’s support to the government led by him shows that the party is not only for power but also for ideology and said the MLAs who had rebelled, called on Uddhav Thackeray to resign. He had taken “Hindutva”. place”.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, Mr Shinde said that Shiv Sena MLAs were finding it difficult to function during the Maha Vikas Aghadi regime and Congress and NCP, which were its constituents, were trying to gain ground.
“Everyone was speculating, there was a perception in the public that BJP does anything for power. But they have shown the people that these 50 people have taken the position of Hindutva, an ideological position and their agenda is that of development and Hindutva. And they supported us in spite of having more number, more MLAs. They supported us for the chief minister’s post,” Shinde said.
Eknath Shinde said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi told him to take the state forward, lead towards development and take forward development works.
The Chief Minister said that the Prime Minister has assured him of the full cooperation of the Center in his development efforts.
“It is a big deal. The Center is with us. We have not done anything illegal. The pre-poll alliance was between BJP and Shiv Sena. We are tying up with that party.”
Asked about his remarks that his alliance will win 200 seats in the next assembly polls, Shinde said 170 MLAs are with the alliance and only 30 more are left. “We can get more than 200 seats.
He said BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has become the Deputy Chief Minister showing a “big heart”.
Mr. Shinde said it was unexpected for Mr. Fadnavis but he followed the instructions of the BJP.
“It was unexpected for them, but they followed the instructions of the party. And karyakartas like me (Balasaheb and Anand Dighe) were made chief ministers, I am grateful to PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda. I am tomorrow. Thank you Naddaji. The perception among the people has completely changed that BJP is not only for power but also for ideology.”