Never thought of alliance with Cong until the day of poll outcomes: Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena for first time has revealed that it had by no means thought about an alliance with the Congress until the day of the outcomes. The social gathering additionally stated the alliance was doable as a result of the BJP believed “it was impossible for the Sena to team up with Congress”.As the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities completes one yr in workplace, the
Speaking to The Indian Express, Sena MP Sanjay Raut stated when the outcomes began trickling in, it got here as a disappointment to the Sena. “The numbers were a disappointment for us but we were determined to get the chief ministerial post,” he stated.
Raut stated he spoke to social gathering chief Uddhav Thackeray on the morning of the outcomes however even then, they didn’t talk about something about an alliance with the Congress or the NCP. “We spoke about the possibility of the chief ministerial post. We thought that since the BJP had more numbers, it will be reluctant to hand over the chief ministerial post to us,” he stated.
Raut stated he then met NCP chief Sharad Pawar in the afternoon and mentioned the risk of an alliance. “Pawar said he will have to speak to the Congress,” Raut stated. Raut stated the similar afternoon Thackeray held a press convention and declared that each one choices have been open.
By night, senior Congress chief and former CM, Prithviraj Chavan, additionally stated that something was doable. Chavan, whereas chatting with The Indian Express on the night of the counting of votes, stated a giant announcement was doable subsequent week.
Raut stated after his assembly with Pawar, Thackeray spoke to state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat. “I too spoke to another Congress leader Rajiv Satav, who is close to Rahul Gandhi. Satav spoke to Rahul and said he was positive about it,” Raut stated.
“We had never though about Congress due to our ideological differences. The thought came to mind only on the day of counting when the results went against us and we knew how possessive BJP was about the chief ministerial post,” the Sena MP stated.
Raut stated the BJP took Sena as a right. “I think they didn’t give even a slightest thought to the possibility of a Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP tie up.”
He added that the Congress took its time to reach at a choice, however lastly it occurred. Raut, nonetheless, denied the rumours that Rahul Gandhi was not eager on an alliance with Sena. “There were a number of phone calls between Rahul, Sonia Gandhi with Uddhavji…They were positive about an alliance,” he stated.
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