Shiv Sena to sit in opposition in Parliament, not to attend NDA meet

Amid political tussle between Shiv Sena and BJP, Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson, Sanjay Raut said that the party will sit in the opposition benches in Parliament.

As the winter session of the parliament begins on Monday, Raut said, the party will not participate in the meeting of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ahead of it.

“I have learnt that the meeting of NDA is being held on November 17. We had already decided against attending it considering the developments in Maharashtra,” Raut said.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant on Monday resigned as Union Minister.

“BJP has taken a lot of strides in Maharashtra in the pursuit of falsehood .. Shiv Sena’s side is the truth. Why stay in Delhi government in such a false environment? And that is why I am resigning as the Union Minister,” Sawant tweeted.

The political crisis in Maharashtra intensified after the BJP conceded its inability to form the government in state despite having the mandate for its pre-poll alliance with Shiv Sena. 

BJP and Shiv Sena failed to resolve the deadlock over 50-50 power-sharing formula as part of which Sena wanted its candidate to be the chief minister for at least two and half years.

The BJP blamed the Sena for insulting the public’s mandate and wished it best to form a government with the support of Congress and NCP. 

On Friday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar ruled out mid-term elections in Maharashtra and said NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena will form a government in the state, which will complete a full term.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday imposed President’s rule in Maharashtra after the Union Cabinet’s recommendation amid uncertainty in the state over government formation.

No political party has been able to form a government after the announcement of assembly poll results on October 24.