Raut: Sena not in politics of trade, will declare stand once no one else forms govt
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said his party would declare its next strategy once no one else is able to form government in Maharashtra, and asserted that politics was not a trade for his party.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said his party would declare its next strategy once no one else is able to form government in Maharashtra, and asserted that politics was not a trade for his party.
Without taking name of any individual or party, he said the bubble of being "invincible" has burst and the arrogance of "buying" a politician to form government will no longer work in the state.
The Shiv Sena "will step in" ifno one forms government, Raut told reporters here.
He also welcomed the decision of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to invite the BJP to form government in the state.
"I welcome the governor's decision to invite the BJP.
On the Sena's future course of action, he said, "Let the picture be clear on the first step by governor. The Shiv Sena will declare its strategy if no one else is able to form the government."
He said Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will be meeting the party MLAs at 12.30 pm on Sunday.
"He is meeting as a routine. We will see how the day progresses," said the Rajya Sabha member.
The BJP won 105 seats in the October 21 elections, while the majority mark in the 288-member Assembly is 145.
Its ally Shiv Sena won 56 seats, but the two parties are bickering over the chief minister's post.
Asked if the Shiv Sena has entered into a 'deal' with the Congress and NCP, Raut said, "We are not traders to make deals. Politics is not a trade for the Shiv Sena. 'Profit' and 'loss' (words) are not in our dictionary."
He also dismissed the possibility of legislators switching sides.
"I don't think MLAs of any party would defect. If anyone tries to split another party for government formation, I don't think it will work this time," he said.
"The arrogance of buying any politician and form a government will no longer work in this state. The bubble of being invincible has burst," Raut said.
On if the Congress will support the Shiv Sena to form government, Raut said the Sonia Gandhi-led party is "not enemy of Maharashtra".
"If Congress leaders have taken any decision to ensure a stable government in Maharashtra, we welcome it," he said.
Every political party has differences with the other party. Like, the Sena and BJP differ on the issue of border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka over Belagavi (Belgaum) district, Raut said.
"We always expected a strong stand of the BJP on Belagavi district with its counterpart (BJP) in the Karnataka government. At the same time, there are some leaders in the Congress and NCP who identify themselves with the Sena's stand on this border dispute issue," he said.(PTI)