Mumbai : In a befitting reply to his detractors and particularly the Shiv Sena, the former chief minister and leader of the Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said several leaders will join his party in the time to come, and pitched for ensuring that it forms a government in its own in the state in coming days.
Responding to the state NCP chief and senior Maharashtra cabinet minister Jayant Patil that 10 BJP MLAs were in touch to join the Sharad Pawar-led party, Fadnavis, however, said such claims were being made by parties to ensure unhappy MLAs don’t quit the ruling alliance, comprising the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP.
The Opposition leader claimed that the Maha-Vikas -Aghadi contesting polls unitedly would shrink the political space for its constituents, which would be to the advantage of the BJP which would getter a larger field to occupy. The former chief minister pointed out that that the BJP had expanded and formed governments in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh after it was “cornered” by all non-BJP parties.
He asserted that all BJP MLAs are “intact” and claimed those joining his party were “mature and understand politics” and know Congress leader Rahul Gandhi or the UPA are not the future of the country.