As its government braces for a trust vote in Maharashtra on Wednesday, BJP on Tuesday said it welcomes support of all parties except Congress for development of the state.
The BJP will welcome support of all parties except Congress, which is “responsible for the mess”, so that the government can work for development of Maharashtra and fulfil the aspirations of its people, senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
The remark by Rudy, who was in-charge of Maharashtra affairs of BJP till recently, indicated that the BJP was not averse to receiving support of all non-Congress parties in the state, including the NCP.
“Those who want to come forward for the development of Maharashtra should come. We want to take along all those who want to come forward for the development of Maharashtra. I hope Shiv Sena will turn around,” he said.
Asked about Sharad Pawar’s NCP, he said that party has already extended unconditional support but dismissed suggestions that they will be running the show in the state.
On a query whether Union Minister Anant Geete will soon resign and Shiv Sena will sit in opposition in Maharashtra, he said he was not aware of Geete resigning.
“Even prior to elections, we wanted to take Shiv Sena along and post-elections also, wanted it to be part of the government,” he said.
The remarks were significant as Shiv Sena gave conflicting signals of sitting in the Opposition in the state Assembly while appearing open to conciliatory talks.
Rudy was speaking after taking over as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs along with Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Parliament House today in the presence of Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
In a sudden move yesterday, a day after its chief Uddhav Thackeray served an ultimatum to BJP to come clear within two days on the issue of taking NCP’s support for survival of its government, Sena submitted a letter to the Assembly Secretary asking him to accord its Legislature Party leader Eknath Shinde Leader of Opposition status.