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Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core committee on Monday decided to remain unaligned with the rebel group of Shiv Sena MLAs led by former Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde and continue with its wait-andwatch policy.
However, a senior BJP leader told First India, “We will wait for a couple of days before announcing our strategy. For now, why should we jump into the fray before the Shinde camp formally puts forth its political proposal seeking to align with our party?”
Another BJP leader who attended the meeting said, “We only held general discussions at the meeting. The only person who knows what the BJP strategy is (senior leader) Devendra Fadnavis. No one else is privy to the political game plan other than him and the party high command.”
Meanwhile, the senior BJP leader added that the party leadership is not willing to concede that it imposes any restrictions to go ahead with moving Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, through the Eknath Shinde camp, for seeking a floor test in the Maharashtra state legislature.
Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, former Finance Minister of Maharashtra and BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar said, “Our party has not received a proposal from Eknath Shinde. And his camp is also not looking to seek a floor test in the state legislature, at the moment.”
We have resolved to wait and watch the (political) situation for now. Once the situation becomes clear the core committee will meet again and decide what is in the best interest of Maharashtra. The BJP will await political proposals over the next few days, he added.
“Eknath Shinde has claimed his group is the ‘real’ Shiv Sena. After the Sena break up, even as the NCP and Congress are backing it, we are keeping our eyes open. If they (rebel MLAs) have more than two-thirds of the party MLAs, how do you call them the rebels?” asked Mungantiwar.
The BJP’s political move comes even as the Supreme Court today deferred the proposed disqualification proceedings of rebel MLAs by deputy speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Narhari Sitaram Zirwal till July 12.