Uddhav Finally Admits 2.5-yr CM Post Demand, Promise To Bal Thackeray

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Uddhav Thackeray said that he had promised Sena supremo and his father late Balasaheb Thackeray that there will be a Chief Minister from Shiv Sena one day

Written By Jitesh Vachhatani | Mumbai | Updated On:

Soon after Devendra Fadnavis' resignation as Maharashtra Chief Minister, he slammed Shiv Sena alleging that there were no talks of the '50-50 formula' in front of him. In response, in his own media briefing, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray hit back at Devendra Fadnavis and the BJP. The Sena-chief alleged that there were definite talks of the 50-50 formula and that he had made it very clear that they don't want the Deputy CM's post. Thackeray also added that he had promised Sena supremo and his father - late Balasaheb Thackeray - that there will be a Chief Minister from Shiv Sena one day. 

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"I had made a clear demand," says Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray while addressing the media on Friday said, "I had promised Balasaheb that we will have a Chief Minister from Shiv Sena. I had made a clear demand that I want 50-50 formula and the CM post for 2.5 years. Amit Shah had come to my house to discuss the same. He said I want to improve the relations between Shiv Sena and BJP. CM's post for 50-50 formula was definitely discussed in that meeting."

The Sena chief added, "In 2014, they spoke to us sweetly and got us back in the alliance but now we will not fall into the trap. Because Devendra Fadnavis was the CM I agreed to the alliance otherwise I wouldn't. I will not accept this charge of lying. I will not accept the charge that being Balasaheb's son I lied. Fadnavis' statement was shocking." 

Thackeray also launched an attack against BJP and Devendra Fadnavis and said, "The public knows who has been lying since 'acche din' or be it 'demonetisation.' Fadnavis spoke about Shiv Sena attacking PM Modi but when did I speak against the PM? We have never made personal attacks against PM Modi and I can never do it because he has called me a 'younger brother.' Some people cannot digest the fact that we have such good relations."

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Fadnavis denies 50-50 formula talks with Sena

Earlier in the day, Devendra Fadnavis had alleged that there were no talks of 50-50 formula with the Shiv Sena in front of him. "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 in the press briefing post his resignation. 

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