After Sena coup, Thackeray was ready for alliance with BJP if rebels dump Shinde: Rebel leader Kesarkar

After the rebellion in the Shiv Sena, party president Uddhav Thackeray was ready to ally with the BJP in Maharashtra if rebel leader Eknath Shinde was ousted, a proposal unacceptable to rebel MLAs and the National Saffron Organization. Legislator Deepak Kesarkar claimed on Friday. . Kesarkar, spokesperson for the rebel faction of Shiv Sena MLAs led by CM Shinde, also revealed that Thackeray was planning to step down as Maharashtra Chief Minister last year after talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kesarkar said that for Thackeray, who resigned as chief minister on June 29 following a coup in the Shiv Sena, his relationship with Modi was more important than holding the top post. The Sena’s Thackeray camp tried to play down Kesarkar’s comments, saying he himself was giving contradictory statements and seemed “confused” after being appointed spokesperson.

Kesarkar said that after the rebellion broke out in the party with 39 MLAs (now 40) siding with Shinde, the rebel leader who is now the chief minister, contacted Thackeray again through someone who He was involved in discussions between the BJP. The Shiv Sena, however, Thackeray said that he was ready to ally with the BJP provided that Baghi ditched Shinde and returned to the party, a proposal not acceptable to the defecting MLA and the BJP, he said. claimed

He claimed that when Thackeray was also ready to ally with the BJP, why Sena leaders, especially Aditya Thackeray, were inciting party workers against the rebel MLA. left for Assam (Guwahati) after the revolt of , then I contacted one of them. Involved in these talks (between Thackeray and the BJP). I sent him to meet Uddhav Sahib, from him. It was said to forget what happened and it’s time to come together.” Even at that time, Uddhav Sahib said that ‘You (BJP) throw away Shinde and we are ready for unity. This was not acceptable to the BJP or the MLAs. Because that would be inappropriate. The rest is history,” said Kesarkar.

Ten days after raising the banner of rebellion in the Shiv Sena, Shinde was sworn in as chief minister on June 30 with the support of the BJP. Kesarkar said the Shiv Sena’s efforts to “defame” the image of then cabinet minister Aditya Thackeray, son of Uddhav Thackeray, by BJP MP and Union Minister Narayan Rane in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Many leaders have “suffered”. Case.

A spokesperson of the rebel camp said that they have established contact with Modi and initiated a series of contacts. After Uddhavji’s meeting with Modiji, it was decided that he would resign (as Chief Minister) in the next 15 days because of his relationship (with the Prime Minister). more important (than holding office). But it was felt that he needed more time to convince his party workers,” he said. Thackeray’s wife Rashmi, Sena leaders Anil Desai, Subhash Desai, Milind Narvekar, and Shinde were aware of the development.

Thackeray had met Modi in June last year along with then Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Congress minister Ashok Chavan. In the past, Modi had called Thackeray his “younger brother”.

A dozen BJP MLAs were suspended from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for one year for unethical behavior in July 2021 after the Thackeray-Prime Minister meeting in New Delhi, a move that has drawn ex- The relationship between the ally Shiv Sena and the BJP was further strained in the opposition. Later, talks stalled after Thackeray inducted Bat Noir Rane into the Union cabinet, which upset the Sena president, Kesarkar said.

Kesarkar later said that the talks did not go ahead due to “ego” issues. Kesarkar said that throughout the discussions, he kept Shinde, then a member of the Thackeray cabinet, updated about developments.

A spokesman for the rebel Sena camp said Shinde met Thackeray several times to convince him to restore ties with the BJP. Reacting to Kesarkar’s claims, Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande, who is a member of the Thackeray camp, said “every day he is revealing something new. He is contradicting himself and is confused.” ”

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