On Raut’s offer to rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, Prithviraj Chavan said, ‘Would be surprised if CM Thackeray takes a U-turn’

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Prithviraj Chavan was reacting to Sanjay Raut’s comments on Friday.

Highlight

  • Chavan was reacting to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s statement earlier in the day
  • Meanwhile, state NCP president Jayant Patil said his party is yet to discuss Raut’s comments.
  • Does Shiv Sena want to join hands with BJP in Maharashtra? Former CM Chavan asked

Maharashtra Political Crisis: Reacting to Sanjay Raut’s comments that he may agree to the demand of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs that the Shiv Sena pull out of the MVA alliance, Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan said that he did not think that the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will “almost turn”. ,

Chavan was reacting to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s statement earlier that day that Shiv Sena was “ready to consider” the demand of a rebel Shiv Sena MLA led by Eknath Shinde. Asked about Raut’s remarks, former chief minister Chavan told reporters, “Does Shiv Sena want to join hands with BJP in Maharashtra? Shiv Sena’s intention is not clear yet.”

“I haven’t heard Uddhav Thackeray speak like this in Wednesday evening’s public address. I would be surprised if Uddhav Thackeray takes such a turn in less than 24 hours. I don’t think Thackeray will do that,” he said. ,

It was also not clear whether Raut was clarifying the official stand of Shiv Sena.

Stating that the Shiv Sena is facing an internal rift and it needs to be addressed, he said his party has no say on developments within the Shiv Sena.

On Wednesday, Thackeray reached out to the rebels with an emotional appeal and offered to step down, saying he would be happy if a Shiv Sainik succeeds him as chief minister.

Meanwhile, state NCP president Jayant Patil said his party is yet to discuss Raut’s comments.

“But we want this government to complete its full term as it has taken some good decisions,” he said. Patil, a state minister, said, “Those who leave the Shiv Sena lose elections later.”

On the stand of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs that they do not want to be a part of the MVA due to the “corruption” of NCP and Congress ministers, Patil said the statements of individual MLAs should not be taken as the official stand of Shiv Sena.

Another NCP leader, Praful Patel, said party chief Sharad Pawar “formed the MVA and he still wants it to remain intact”. NCP leaders including Sharad Pawar, Deputy Chief Ministers Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil will hold a meeting in Mumbai at 5 pm, he said.

Read also: Maharashtra Political Crisis: Who To Be Responsible For Shiv Sena’s Crisis – Uddhav Thackeray?

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