After Shiv Sena rebellion, Thackeray was ready to ally with BJP if rebels deserted Shinde: Rebel leader Kesarkar

After a rebellion in the Shiv Sena, party president Uddhav Thackeray was ready to forge an alliance with the BJP in Maharashtra if dissidents rejected rebel leader Eknath Shinde, a proposal that was unacceptable to the rebel MLAs and the national saffron organisation, said MLA Deepak. Kesarkar claimed on Friday. , Kesarkar, the spokesperson of the rebel faction of Shiv Sena MLAs led by CM Shinde, also revealed that Thackeray was planning to step down as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra last year after talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kesarkar said that for Thackeray, who had resigned as chief minister on June 29 following a revolt in the Shiv Sena, his relationship with Modi was more important than staying at the top post. The Thackeray camp of Shiv Sena tried to shed light on Kesarkar’s comments, saying he was making self-contradictory statements after being appointed a spokesperson and seemed “confused”.

Kesarkar said after the rebellion in the party with 39 MLAs (the number now stands at 40) with Shinde, who is now the chief minister, again approached Thackeray, who was involved in talks between the BJP and the BJP. Shiv Sena. However, Thackeray said he was ready to forge an alliance with the BJP, provided the rebels leave Shinde and return to the party, a proposal which was not acceptable to the disgruntled MLAs and the BJP, he claimed.

He claimed that when Thackeray was also ready to forge an alliance with the BJP, why were Shiv Sena leaders, especially Aaditya Thackeray, instigating party workers against the rebel MLAs. Involved in these talks (between Thackeray and BJP). I had sent him to meet Uddhav sahib. They were told to forget what has happened and the time has come to come together. “Even at that time, Uddhav sahib had said that ‘AAP (BJP)) leave Shinde and we are ready for an alliance. This was not acceptable to the BJP or the MLAs. Because it would have been unfair. Rest is history,’ Kesarkar said. Told.

Ten days after raising the flag of rebellion in Shiv Sena, Shinde took oath as CM on June 30 with the support of BJP. Kesarkar said that many Shiv Sena leaders were “pained” by BJP MP and Union Minister Narayan Rane’s attempts to malign the image of then cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray, son of Uddhav Thackeray, in connection with the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Case.

The rebel camp spokesperson said they established contact with Modi and started a line of communication. After Uddhav ji met Modi ji, it was decided that he would leave (as chief minister) in the next 15 days because of the relationship he had (with the prime minister). More important (than holding office). But it was felt that he needed more time to convince his party workers,” he said, adding that Thackeray’s wife Rashmi, Shiv Sena leaders Anil Desai, Subhash Desai, Milind Narvekar and Shinde were aware of this development.

Thackeray had met Modi in June last year along with then deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and Congress minister Ashok Chavan. In the past, Modi had called Thackeray his “younger brother”.

A dozen BJP MLAs were suspended for a year from the Maharashtra Assembly in July 2021 following the Thackeray-PM meeting in New Delhi, a move that further strained relations between former ally Shiv Sena and BJP. in opposition. Kesarkar said talks later stalled after Thackeray’s arch rival Rane was inducted into the Union cabinet, which angered the Shiv Sena president.

Kesarkar later said that the talks did not proceed due to “arrogance” issues. Kesarkar said that during the entire conversation, he apprised Shinde, a member of the Thackeray cabinet, about the developments.

The rebel Sena camp spokesperson said Shinde met Thackeray several times and persuaded him to restore ties with the BJP. Responding to Kesarkar’s claims, Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande, a member of the Thackeray camp, said, “He is revealing something new every day. He is making self-contradictory statements and seems confusing.”

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