The newly elected Members of Legislative Assembly of BJP in Maharashtra will meet on Wednesday to formally elect their leader. Moreover, the BJP announced that the party president Amit Shah had deputed Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and party vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna to attend the meeting as central observers. Devendra Fadnavis is expected to be elected as the leader of BJP’s legislative party. Similarly, the Nationalist Congress Party MLAs too will meet in Mumbai on Wednesday. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar will chair the meeting to be held at the party’s headquarters.
भारतीय जनता पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री @AmitShah ने केंद्रीय मंत्री श्री @nstomar एवं पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय उपाध्यक्ष श्री अविनाश राय खन्ना को महाराष्ट्र में पार्टी के विधायक दल का नेता चुने जाने के लिए आहूत बैठक में केंद्रीय पर्यवेक्षक नियुक्त किया है।— BJP (@BJP4India) October 29, 2019
After the declaration of the Maharashtra Assembly elections on October 24, differences between the BJP and Shiv Sena (SS) have come to the fore. This is owing to the BJP bagging 17 seats less than the 2014 election tally. In all the interactions with the press since the election, various SS leaders have demanded that the Chief Minister’s post should be shared between the two alliance partners. Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, in particular, has allegedly riled BJP with his jibes and tweets.
On Tuesday, Fadnavis reportedly told the media that the BJP did not accord importance to what Raut said. He also took on Saamana, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece edited by Raut. Maintaining that Saamana was going overboard in its criticism against BJP, he reportedly dared the paper to write in a similar fashion against Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Contending that the 1995 formula was not relevant now, he claimed that the ‘Mahayuti’ government would function for the next 5 years under the leadership of BJP, sources said.