The war of words between the BJP and its erstwhile ally, the Shiv Sena, has turned shrill again.
Raosaheb Patil Danve, BJP leader and Union minister of state for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, claimed on Monday the BJP will form the government in Maharashtra in the next two to three months. The coalition government of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will complete one year in office on November 28.
Danve made the claim while addressing BJP workers in Parbhani ahead of the Legislative Council election for Aurangabad Graduate constituency.
"BJP workers should not think that our government will not come into existence in Maharashtra. We will form a government in the next two-three months. We have worked out the mathematics. We are waiting for the ongoing elections to (the Legislative Council) to get over," the Jalna MP said.
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut responded to the claim by Danve on Tuesday. ANI quoted Raut as saying, "Today is the death anniversary of three-day government that was formed last year. Our government will complete four years. Opposition leaders say such things in frustration as all their efforts have failed. They know very well that people of Maharashtra are with this government.”
Raut was highlighting the fact that the BJP had on October 23 last year formed a short-lived government with Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister and Ajit Pawar of NCP as his deputy, after the Assembly polls delivered a fractured mandate. However, Ajit Pawar resigned three days later as he was unable to convince more NCP MLAs to side with him. Shortly after Pawar's resignation, Fadnavis also quit.