Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation as the Chief Minister on Friday. Devendra Fadnavis met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to hand in his resignation. He also addressed the media after handing the resignation. The BJP leader spoke about the Shiv Sena and BJP tussle over forming a Government in Maharashtra.
"Uddhav Thackeray first said all options are open to making the Government. People of Maharashtra chose Mahayuti as their Government. All the MLA's of Shiv Sena were also chosen because the vote was going for the Mahayuti, that's why we are puzzled as to why Uddhav Thackeray would make such a statement. It's unfortunate that certain statements were made publically by some leaders in the media."
The BJP leader also said he has had close relations with the Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and said the BJP was open for talks but the Shiv Sena never came forward with any proposal for the Chief Minister's position.
"I've had very close and personal relations with Uddhav Thackeray, in the last five years. I personally made many phone calls to Uddhav Thackeray but he did not receive my calls. We were open for talks, but Shiv Sena never came across and spoke to us about Government formation," Devendra Fadnavis said.
Devendra Fadnavis stated that no talks between the two parties were made about equal power-sharing in Maharashtra.
" There were no talks of 50:50 formula, between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. No proposal for the post of CM for 2.5 years was made before me by the Shiv Sena. I am unaware of any such talks between the Shiv Sena and BJP because these talks did not happen. If there were any discussions between Uddhav and Amit Shaha then I am in no position to speak about them. BJP never misled anybody or lied about Government formation," the now acting CM said.