Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party has no intention of joining hands with the Shiv Sena or to bring down the Uddhav Thackeray-led state government.
Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Fadnavis claimed people of the state are “unhappy” with the performance of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government and it “would collapse due to its own inactions”.
The senior BJP leader also said his meeting with Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday, which prompted speculation in political circles, was regarding an interview for the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
The Shiv Sena snapped ties with the BJP last year after the Maharashtra assembly polls over the issue of sharing the chief ministerial post.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party then joined hands with the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress to form MVA government in the state.
“We have no intention of joining hands with the Shiv Sena or to bring down the government. When it falls on its own, we will see,” said Fadnavis, who is the leader of opposition in the state ssembly.
“My meeting with Raut had no political connotations. He asked me for an interview to ‘Saamana’, to which I agreed. But, I had put my conditions- like the interview should be unedited and I should get to put my own camera during the interview. So we met to discuss its nitty-gritties,” he said.