Shinde said, “From the first day of formation of our government, they have been saying that the government will fall, but our government is getting stronger day by day. Now we have more than 200 MLAs in our government.”
Eknath Shinde on Thursday dismissed the possibility of his resignation as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, terming it as a rumor being spread by the opposition. He said, “These are all rumours… The National Congress Party (NCP) should brainstorm about what is happening in their party instead of speaking on the issue of others. From the very first day of formation of our government, they have been saying that the government will fall, but day by day our government is getting stronger. Now our government has more than 200 MLAs.
Shinde said – the government has become stronger with the arrival of Pawar
In Mumbai, Shinde said, “Pawar (Ajit Pawar) has reposed faith in PM Modi and accepted that there has been development in the state and he has also shared our views on forming a double engine government in the state.” He said that he has the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Industries Minister and Shiv Sena leader Uday Samant also said on Thursday that the rumors of CM Shinde stepping down are baseless.
Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis also admitted that some people are spreading rumors
Samant said, “Things that did not happen are being kept open for speculation to spread negativity. Eknath Shinde is an able leader and works from place to place across Maharashtra. Even Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP State President Chandrashekhar Bawankule reiterated that these are theories spread by some people and have no merit.”
Samant said Wednesday’s meeting was held with all Shiv Sena leaders – MLAs and MPs – to take stock of the party and discuss measures to be taken to strengthen the party at the grassroots level and build a strong core. Samant said, “Apart from this, what should be done for the next Lok Sabha and Vidhansabha session was also discussed in the meeting. All the members following the ideals and vision of Balasaheb were present in the meeting. Samant refuted allegations that some of his MLAs had joined Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena UBT.
He said, “Claiming and being are two different things. There is no question of going back as we already have the able leadership of Eknath Shinde. This is a rumour. On the contrary, six of their 13 MLAs are in touch with me and have expressed interest. They are just trying to boost the morale of what is left in the party.”