Mumbai: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form its government in Maharashtra on Friday, Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece 'Saamna' has warned its erstwhile ally against taking the support of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
While welcoming BJP's move of appointing Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister-designate, the Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray has advised BJP that as Fadnavis comes from Vidarbha where farmers' suicides have been making headlines and NCP has been involved in scams in that region, it would raise questions on the Fadnavis government if it aligns with the Sharad Pawar-led party.
Shiv Sena today praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister-designate Devendra Fadnavis, saying the state can expect 'acchhe din' (good days) under them, but cautioned its former ally against accepting NCP's support.
Reports say that Sena has asked the BJP to include it in the swearing-in ceremony of a new Maharashtra government to be held on Friday.
The Shiv Sena since Monday has appeared to soften its stance vis-a-vis the BJP and the chief ministerial choice.
Maharashtra Governor CV Rao will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Chief Minister-designate Devendra Fadnavis, 44, and a small initial team of cabinet ministers Friday evening.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, union ministers, top BJP leaders and party chief ministers will attend the ceremony.
The BJP emerged as the single largest party with 122 legislators in the 288-member Assembly - far short of the requisite 145 for a simple majority.
One legislator died early Monday, reducing the party's strength to 121. Besides, it has the support of one pre-poll ally Rashtriya Samaj Paksha. The Shiv Sena, with 63 MLAs, has offered support, while Nationalist Congress Party will abstain from the vote of confidence, ensuring a smooth sailing for the new government.