After the resignation of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray addressed the media on Friday, wherein Thackeray responded to statements by the now-acting CM. Fadnavis had stated in his briefing that the Shiv Sena has betrayed the mandate given by the people and that there had been no talk of any 50:50 formula before him, to which Thackeray stated that “We always make a promise after thinking”, adding, “We never pull back on our promises.”
Thackeray stated that he will not accept the charge of lying, “First time ever a Shiv Sena member, a son of Balasaheb, has been accused of lying.” Thackeray further claimed that Fadnavis has stood witness to whatever talks had taken place with Union Home Minister and BJP national president Amit Shah over the demands the Shiv Sena had set forth. Over the course of the briefing, he made numerous other such statements over having been accused of lying.
As the window to form government in Maharashtra closes, CM Fadnavis submitted his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Friday ending his tenure as the Maharashtra Chief Minister. Fadnavis addressed the media soon after submitting his resignation and thanked the people for accepting him as the CM for the last five years. Fadnavis proceeded to slam the Shiv Sena in an extraordinary briefing and alleged that there were no talks of the '50-50 formula' in front of him. He also alleged that he called Uddhav Thackeray several times but he never received his calls.
The BJP leader also spoke about 50-50 formula which the Sena alleged was promised to them before the Maharashtra elections, and over which there continues to be a deadlock over government formation. "I am making this clear that there were no talks of 50-50 formula between the BJP-Sena and no promises of 2.5-year tenure of Chief Minister from each party were also made. I am unaware of such any talks between Sena and BJP because they were not done in front of me. If there were talks between Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray then I am not in a position to comment because they did not take place in front of me. I have had very personal relations with Uddhav Thackeray. I personally made calls to Uddhav Thackeray but he did not receive my calls," he said,