"Alliance with Shiv Sena not natural and permanent," asserts Nana Patole, the Head of the Congress in Maharashtra

by Web Desk | Published: 12 Aug 2022

BMC Elections 2022
Nana Patole, the president of the Maharashtra Congress, issued a stern warning on Friday in response to the Shiv Sena's Ambadas Danve being named the Leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council. He claimed that the alliance with the Thackeray-led party is "not natural and permanent" and that the ties were formed "in a different situation." Patole said that Congress was not informed before the action was taken.
 
"The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has been appointed as the Legislative Council's Leader of the Opposition, and the Shiv Sena has been appointed as the Council's Vice President. Therefore, we believed that Congress should be appointed to the Council LoP position. However, the choice was made without taking us into account. We will address this,” said he. According to Patole, Congress is "willing to talk" with the Shiv Sena about the situation.
 
"We're ready to start a conversation now. It is the Shiv Sena's problem if they don't want to speak. In a different circumstance, we allied with them. This is not a natural or lasting alliance between us,” said Patole. The Congress state head also criticised the Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis-led new Maharashtra government, alleging that it was established "using the central agencies and funding" and forecasting the short tenure of the administration.
 
A magnificent event at Mumbai's Raj Bhavan saw the much-anticipated enlargement of the Maharashtra Cabinet take place on Tuesday, with a total of 18 MLAs — 9 from each of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the remaining 9 from the Shinde-led Shiv Sena side — being sworn in as ministers. The extension of the Cabinet comes more than 40 days after Chief Minister Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took office, following a coup spearheaded by the former that toppled the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state under Uddhav Thackeray.
 
Devendra Fadnavis and Shinde both took their oaths as chief ministers of Maharashtra on June 30. Chandrakant Patil, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Girish Mahajan, Suresh Khade, Radha Krishna Vikhe Patil, Ravindra Chavhan, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Vijaykumar Gavit, and Atul Save were among the BJP MLAs who took the oath.
 
Dada Bhuse, Shambhuraje Desai, Sandeepan Bhumre, Uday Samant, Tanaji Sawant, Abdul Sattar, Deepak Kesarkar, Gulabrao Patil, and Sanjay Rathod were among the Shiv Sena leaders admitted. Devendra Fadnavis met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on June 28 and requested a floor test from him. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, submitted his letter of resignation to the Governor the following day.
 
 
Image Courtesy: Twitter @NANA_PATOLE