by Harish Gupta, National Editor, Lokmat Group
"keep quiet !”
BJP High command tells state leaders
Issue to be resolved in 3 days
New Delhi, Oct 30
The BJP high command has cautioned Maharashtra BJP leaders not to speak out of turn and avoid any comments detrimental to alliance with Shiv Sena in the state.
It was pointed out that neither BJP president Amit Shah and nor any central leader of the party has spoken on demands by the Shiv Sena raised day-in and day-out. There are certain elements in the Sena who are adding fuel to the fire and creating complications in the smooth sailing of the alliance.
In fact, the high command is watching the situation closely and all senior leaders like working president J P Nadda, Information & Braodcasting and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav are in loop. The party leaders will hold internal discussions once the Prime Minister is free from his diplomatic priorities. There is no hurry or pressure to seal the deal either.
A senior minister told Lokmat on the condition of anonymity, “We will solve the issue in three days.” He reminded that Sena was throwing similar tantrums before the Lok Sabha polls too and once BJP president Amit Shah held a close-door meeting with Uddhav Thackeray, everything was sorted out.
Of course, there will be power sharing arrangement between the two parties. But the BJP had roped in several smaller parties also in the alliance. Therefore, it is working out modalities of sharing power with its “historic ally” within its own set up first. There is a possibility that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis may make a brief trip to Delhi to brief the high command on the situation.