Mumbai: The Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant on Monday announced that he was resigning as a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, amid power tussle with the BJP-led NDA over government formation in Maharashtra.
It is likely the party will severe ties with the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre after the bitter fight over the chief minister's chair in Maharashtra. Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar had also made it abundantly clear on Sunday that the Sena must walk out of the NDA if it hoped for support from the NCP.
In a tweet on Monday morning, Sawant said, “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. In this regard, this morning, at 8.30am. I will be holding a press conference in Delhi.”
शिवसेनेची बाजू सत्याची आहे. अशा खोट्या वातावरणात दिल्लीतील सरकार मध्ये तरी का रहायचे?
आणि म्हणूनच मी केंद्रीय मंत्री पदाचा राजीनामा देत आहे. या संदर्भात आज सकाळी ११.०० वा. दिल्ली येथे मी पत्रकार परिषद (Press Conference) घेणार आहे.— Arvind Sawant (@AGSawant) November 11, 2019
On Sunday, the Shiv Sena was invited by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to indicate its "willingness and ability to form government" in the state after the BJP said it would not stake claim to power.
"If the Shiv Sena wants to insult the mandate of the people and form government with the support of the NCP and Congress, they have our best wishes," the BJP said.