BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Wednesday reiterated what his party president Amit Shah said, that there was no promise of a 50-50 power-sharing deal between BJP and Shiv Sena. Appearing at primetime on The Debate with Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami, Patra made it clear that Shiv Sena's claim of BJP promising a shared Chief Ministership is junked by the words of Home Minister Amit Shah. In an interview to ANI, Shah mentioned how their pre-poll alliance partner Shiv Sena came up with new demands after the results, which were not acceptable to the BJP.
Speaking to Republic TV, Patra said, "The contentious issue was whether there was a promise of 50-50 power-sharing by the BJP. What Amit Shah said today was a categorical no. On hundreds of occassion, Amit Shah stood up and said that Devendra Fadnavis would be the Chief Minister if the Yuti alliance forms the government in the coming days. He said that the PM on a number of occasions in the presence of Uddhav Thackeray said so that we will form the government and Devendra Fadnavis would be the leader and he will be the CM.''
Patra also cited the number of seats that the two saffron allies contested, saying that BJP fielded far more candidates than Shiv Sena. ''So there was no 50-50 promise, 2.5 years of rotational Chief Ministership was not a promise. So why do we want the people of Maharashtra to suffer?''
Amit Shah had in the interview said, "We have not betrayed the mandate. We were ready to form the government with Shiv Sena. But Shiv Sena put forth some demands which we cannot fulfill. In public meetings, I must have said nearly 100 times, even the Prime Minister must have said several times and Devendra Fadnavis himself said that if our alliance comes back to power, the Chief Minister will be Devendra Fadnavis. No one contradicted this. Now, when new conditions are put forward, we have our reservations. The party will take a stand on this at the right time. But I want to say only this. That the uproar over the imposition of President's Rule is a futile exercise to gain the sympathy of the people." On whether the BJP had agreed for a rotational CM, Shah remarked, "It is not the culture of my party to make public what was discussed in a closed room. And it should not be done also. Because there is a morality in public life."