Governor Vidyasagar Rao may face two-course trouble as Shiv Sena threatens to quit Maharashtra govt

Mumbai: Although Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who also holds additional charge of Tamil Nadu, finally landed in Chennai on Thursday to take care of the administrative upheavals the state is facing, a similar political storm is gradually brewing in Mumbai as well.

Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost Gokhale/Firstpost

Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost Gokhale/Firstpost

The Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra might be in for serious survival issues as its key partner Shiv Sena is mulling to withdraw support from the state government soon after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation poll is over. The civic poll is scheduled to be held on 21 February and the counting is on 23 February.

Highly placed sources confirmed that by the last day campaign of BMC election on 18 February, all 12 Shiv Sena ministers in the Maharashtra government might hand over their resignation to party chief Uddhav Thackeray. There are five cabinet and seven ministers of state from the party in the Fadnavis government.

The Shiv Sena chief gave clear indications couple of days back when he said that the Fadnavis government is on "notice period". Provided Shiv Sena opts out of the government, Fadnavis would have a tough time proving his majority of 145 MLAs in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.

Thackeray has reportedly asked his ministers to be ready to face a decision in this direction soon.

The Shiv Sena and the BJP in January had announced that they would contest the civic elections to 10 municipal corporations and 25 zilla parishads on their own.

"Every political decision has its own time. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has announced that we will not have a tie-up with any political party. He has made it clear that the Sena will hereafter be on its own. At this point of time, I would only say that the Fadnavis government is on notice period," said party spokesperson Neelam Gorhe.

Meanwhile, senior NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said, "If the Shiv Sena ministers resign from BJP the government then the opposition would have 150 plus MLA. BJP has only 122 and others 16. So automatically BJP would be in minority position." Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan also hinted that the Fadnavis government might collapse anytime if the Shiv Sena withdraws support.

A political contingency in Maharashtra would only make things complex for Governor Rao as he might soon hop on a plane to Mumbai.

Updated Date: Feb 09, 2017 22:23 PM

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