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Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has offered the Deputy Chief Minister’s post to Maharashtra’s Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde, who has rebelled and claimed political control over the Shiv Sena party, with the exclusion of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The move is being seen as an effort to cobble together a government in the state once again after a gap of 2.5 years, even as the upper echelons of the BJP consciously maintain a stoic silence.
Meanwhile, the Shinde faction is expected to stake an official claim over the Shiv Sena after physically parading over 42 MLAs in front of Maharashtra governor Bhagatsingh Koshiyari, as early as Thursday
“We have only provided tacit assistance to the rebel Sena leaders, including at least three ministers, who were disgruntled with the unholy alliance with the NCP and Congress over the last 2.5 years. Shinde’s group is expected to stake claim to not only being the real Shiv Sena but also to the party symbol of Dhanush-Baan (bow and arrow). It is our understanding that 42 Sena MLAs are with Shinde along with independents, taking their number to well over 50,” a senior BJP leader told First India.
The BJP is taking a wait-and-watch approach from here on, this person said, adding, “Shinde is only waiting u p o n a couple of technical and legal aspects and formalities to be completed before he presents himself, with Sena and independent MLAs in tow, before the Maharashtra governor as early as Thursday.” The Sena MLAs do not have problems with CM Thackeray but definitely with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar