Mumbai: Deeply hurt by the Shiv Sena's 'intended' attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Friday, tendered his resignation to the state governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who has formally accepted it.
Talking to media, Fadnavis, now the ex-CM, questioned if it was worth continuing an alliance with the Shiv Sena which attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi several times.
Fadnavis continued to say that he is against the Shiv Sena since 2014.
"Given their statements, especially against the PM, we are stunned and hurt. No one from the BJP ever targeted Bal Thackeray (Sena founder) or Uddhav Thackeray. But the way the Sena relentlessly attacked Modi-ji, even our rivals didn't. We cannot accept it. It seems the Shiv Sena is not interested in continuing the alliance,"
"People hadn't voted for BJP or Shiv Sena. In the past 15 days, the statements by the Shiv Sena or their demands, we have never promised any rotational chief ministership. There was no discussion to give the Sena two-and-a-half years to rule, at least in my presence, and I was there in the entire meeting,"
"Uddhav Thackeray have had a very close relationship. I tried to talk to him on several occasions, I even called him on the phone but he did not speak. The Shiv Sena consciously made sure that there was no communication with BJP but with the Congress and the NCP (Nationalist Congress Party)."
Fadnavis said that in his presence no decision was taken by the two parties about sharing the chief minister's post. There was no progress in the government formation even after the Assembly poll results were announced. The results were declared on October 24.
The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena are under dispute over the chief minister's post.