Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that there may be some differences with Shiv Sena, but we are not enemies. He said that there are no ifs and buts in politics. In fact, Fadnavis was questioned again about the alliance with former ally Shiv Sena, on which he said this.
When asked whether there is a possibility of the two former colleagues coming together again, Fadnavis said an “appropriate decision” will be taken depending on the situation. Asked about his recent meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the possibility of BJP and Shiv Sena coming together again, Fadnavis said, “There are no ‘ifs-buts’ in politics. Decisions are taken according to the circumstances.
The former chief minister said, “BJP and Shiv Sena are not enemies, though there are differences. Appropriate decision will be taken according to the situation.” Fadnavis said, “Our friend (read Shiv Sena) fought the 2019 assembly elections with us. But after the elections, they (Shiv Sena) joined hands with the same people (Nationalist Congress Party and Congress) against whom we contested the elections.
Fadnavis said that the central investigative agencies are investigating various cases in Maharashtra on the orders of the Supreme Court and there is no political pressure on them. Fadnavis’s statement comes in the backdrop of meeting of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. Thackeray had met the Prime Minister separately during his visit to Delhi last month.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut tried to dispel “rumours” about his meeting with BJP leader Ashish Shelar on Saturday. Shiv Sena’s chief spokesperson said, “We may have political and ideological differences, but if we come face-to-face in public events, we will definitely greet. I drink coffee with Shelar in front of everyone.
Fadnavis, however, expressed grief over the uncertainty surrounding the final interview of an MPSC candidate in Pune. Demanding radical changes in MPSC, he said, “Due to the apathetic attitude of Maharashtra State Public Service Commission (MPSC), no member was appointed and examinations and interviews are not being held.”
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