Shiv Sena not in politics of trade, will declare stand once no one else forms govt: Sanjay Raut

Without taking the name of any individual or party, the Shiv Sena leader said the bubble of being “invincible” has burst and the arrogance of “buying” a politician to form government will no longer work

November 10, 2019 12:23 pm | Updated November 28, 2021 11:15 am IST - Mumbai

Sanjay Raut. File

Sanjay Raut. File

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said his party would declare its next strategy once no one else is able to form the government in Maharashtra, and asserted that politics was not a trade for his party.

Without taking the name of any individual or party, he said the bubble of being “invincible” has burst and the arrogance of “buying” a politician to form government will no longer work in the State.

The Shiv Sena “will step in” if no one forms the government, Mr. Raut told reporters here.

He also welcomed the decision of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to invite the BJP to form the government in the State .

“I welcome the Governor’s decision to invite the BJP. The single largest party had to be called. We fail to understand why the BJP did not stake claim in 24 hours [after results] if it was confident that it had the majority,” the Rajya Sabha member said.

“I don’t think the BJP has enough strength to stake claim to form the government... I am told the Governor has asked the BJP to inform him about its decision by 8 p.m. on November 11,” he said.

On the Sena’s future course of action, he said, “Let the picture be clear on the first step taken by the Governor. The Shiv Sena will declare its strategy if no one else is able to form the government.”

He said Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be meeting party MLAs at 12.30 p.m. on Sunday.

“This is a routine meeting. We will see how the day progresses,” the Rajya Sabha member said.

The BJP won 105 seats in the October 21 elections, while the majority mark in the 288-member Assembly is 145.

Its ally Shiv Sena won 56 seats, but the two parties have been bickering over the Chief Minister’s post.

Asked if the Shiv Sena has entered into a ‘deal’ with the Congress and NCP, Mr. Raut said, “We are not traders to make deals. Politics is not a trade for the Shiv Sena. ‘Profit’ and ‘loss’ [words] are not in our dictionary.”

He also dismissed the possibility of legislators switching sides.

“I don’t think the MLAs of any party would defect. I don’t think splitting a party to form the government will work this time,” he said.

“The arrogance of buying a politician and forming the government will no longer work in this State. The bubble of being invincible has burst,” Mr. Raut said.

On posters put up by Sena workers near Mr. Thackeray’s residence here demanding he be the Chief Minister, Mr. Raut said, “Uddhav Thackeray is the Shiv Sena leader and he will take the appropriate decision at the right time. He has already said he will make a Shiv Sainik the CM.”

When a reporter pointed out that the Sena was not criticising the Opposition NCP due to a possible alliance between the two parties, Mr. Raut said, “We have not criticised the BJP either. The election campaign is over and things said during the campaign are irrelevant.”

When asked if the Congress will support the Shiv Sena to form the government, Mr. Raut said the Sonia Gandhi-led party is “not an enemy of Maharashtra”.

“If Congress leaders have taken any decision to ensure a stable government in Maharashtra, we welcome it,” he said.

Every political party has differences with other parties, he said. For example, the Sena and BJP have differing views on the issue of the border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka over Belagavi [Belgaum] district, Mr. Raut said.

“We always expected a strong stand from the BJP on Belagavi district with its counterpart [BJP] in the Karnataka government. At the same time, there are some leaders in the Congress and NCP who identify themselves with the Sena’s stand on this border dispute issue,” he said.

Maharashtra claims Belgaum, part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency but currently a district of Karnataka, on linguistic grounds.

Mr. Raut also welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict that cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

“People have waited for a long time for this decision,” he added.

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