Commenting on whether Shiv Sena was a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut observed that there was a huge difference between the current functioning of the NDA and that in the past. Recalling that Balasaheb Thackeray, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, and Parkash Singh Badal formed the NDA, he stated that his party did not know who the current convenor of NDA was. Moreover, Raut contended that any decision would be taken with everyone’s participation. He also revealed that he received information about the seat arrangement of the Shiv Sena members being changed.
Sanjay Raut said, “We had made such a thing NDA. Balasaheb Thackeray, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Advani, and Parkash Singh Badal. These 4 leaders had together made the NDA. Now, among them, I do not think anyone except Advani is active. There is a huge difference between the NDA now and then. The system which used to work in NDA is not there today. If your question is that whether we have been thrown out of the NDA or are you out of NDA, I do not know who is the convenor of NDA. During the times of Balasaheb Thackeray, NDA had a convenor. Today, who is it? We have seen that George Fernandes Saheb was the NDA convenor. Whenever a decision had to be taken, it would be done with everyone sitting together. Today, we have come to know that the seating arrangement in the Rajya Sabha for the two Shiv Sena members has been changed. Who is running the NDA?”
Earlier in the day, Sanjay Raut had informed the media that Shiv Sena would not participate in the meeting of the NDA ahead of the Winter session of Parliament. This comes amid the breakdown of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra. As no party could garner enough numbers to form the government, President’s Rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday. Hectic parlays are going on in the Sena, NCP, and Congress camps to forge a new alliance for providing a stable government.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on being asked if Shiv Sena will go for NDA meeting in Delhi ahead of Parliament session?: No, Shiv Sena will not go. pic.twitter.com/5NbDmFRe50— ANI (@ANI) November 16, 2019