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Sena may withdraw support on Feb 18
Pandurang Mhaske | Wednesday, 8 February 2017 AT 11:35 PM IST
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Mumbai: As the civic election campaign in the city is picking up, the Shiv Sena is seriously thinking of walking out of the government, according to sources.

Party chief Uddhav Thackeray has asked his ministers to be ready to face a decision in this direction soon. According to sources, Sena leaders may make this move on the last day of the election campaign. The Sena and the BJP in January announced that they would contest the civic elections to 10 municipal corporations and 25 Zilla Parishads on their own. The 227-member BMC is going to polls on February 21.

The relationship between the two parties has not been healthy since the 2014 General Elections. The Sena broke ties with the BJP to contest the civic polls solo. Following the announcement, Thackeray said they were not hungry for power. Later, Sena leader and State Minister Ramdas Kadam announced that they always carried their resignations in their pockets.

Shiv Sena spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday hinted that his party would walk out of the State government after the BMC elections, saying the Devendra Fadnavis government was put on notice. According to Sena sources, the party ministers have been asked to resign before the municipal election campaign is over. “We have put the State government on notice and we will take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time,” Raut said.

A senior Sena leader said their ministers would tender resignations to the party chief Thackeray in a rally that will be organised at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) on February 18, which will be the last campaign rally of the party.

As per the plan, the resignations would be submitted to the governor on February 19 on the occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj birth anniversary.

However, Thackeray would take the final decision, said the sources. In the 38-member Fadnavis Cabinet, there are five cabinet and seven ministers of state from Sena.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said there was no possibility of Sena withdrawing support.
A senior BJP leader, on condition of anonymity, said the Shiv Sena is likely to withdraw support to the government if it gets a
majority in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections.

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