Last Update: August 06, 2022, 21:50 IST
A Shiv Sena MLA on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party offered unconditional support to the Shiv Sena after the 2017 Mumbai civic polls, just four short of the total seats won by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. Eknath Shinde faction spokesperson Deepak Kesarkar also said that the BJP at that time had not demanded that the post of Mayor or Deputy Mayor of Mumbai be given rotationally.
Kesarkar’s remarks are seen as a veiled dig at Thackeray, who alleged that the BJP did not keep its 2019 promise of rotating the post of Maharashtra chief minister and with a long-term ally after the 2019 assembly elections. broke ties. In the 2017 elections to the 227-member Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the BJP won 82 seats, just two behind the Shiv Sena. The two parties that came to power in Maharashtra at that time contested the Mumbai civic elections separately.
“The BJP had given unconditional support to the Shiv Sena after the 2017 BMC elections, though the BJP won only four seats less than the Shiv Sena,” Kesarkar said at a press conference. He demanded that Uddhav Thackeray clarify whether he had agreed to join hands with the BJP after meeting the Prime Minister last year. Narendra Modi in Delhi. A day earlier, Kesarkar had revealed that Thackeray was planning to step down as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra after talks with PM Modi last year. “If I am proved wrong, I will retire from public life,” he said on Saturday.
Responding to a question, Kesarkar said that he has not made any complaint against Union Minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane to PM Modi. Kesarkar on Friday said that several Shiv Sena leaders were “pained” by BJP Rane’s efforts to “malign” the image of Uddhav Thackeray’s son, then cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray, in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
Kesarkar also said that he had tried to normalize the strained relations between Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray, but failed. Ten days after raising the flag of rebellion in Shiv Sena, Shinde took oath as chief minister on June 30 with the support of the BJP.