Maharashtra govt formation: Two Independent MLAs from Vidarbha extend support to BJP-Shiv Sena alliance

Two Independent MLAs, one of them backed by the Congress-NCP combine in the recently concluded Assembly polls, have declared their support to the BJP in Maharashtra, where the party and its ally Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle on the division of power in the new government.

Press Trust of India October 28, 2019 20:14:14 IST
Maharashtra govt formation: Two Independent MLAs from Vidarbha extend support to BJP-Shiv Sena alliance
  • Ravi Rana, the Independent MLA from Badnera in Amravati district, on Sunday offered 'unconditional' support to the BJP

  • Incidentally, Rana won from the seat in the Vidarbha region for a third consecutive term with backing from the opposition Congress-NCP alliance

  • However, Amravati city Congress president Kishor Borkar opposed Rana's move and said he should respect the people's mandate in his constituency

Mumbai/Amravati: Two Independent MLAs, one of them backed by the Congress-NCP combine in the recently concluded Assembly polls, have declared their support to the BJP in Maharashtra, where the party and its ally Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle on the division of power in the new government.

Ravi Rana, the Independent MLA from Badnera in Amravati district, on Sunday offered "unconditional" support to the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the 21 October elections.

Maharashtra govt formation Two Independent MLAs from Vidarbha extend support to BJPShiv Sena alliance

File image of Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

Incidentally, Rana won from the seat in the Vidarbha region for a third consecutive term with backing from the opposition Congress-NCP alliance. His wife Navneet is the Independent Lok Sabha MP from Amravati, and had won the General Election as an NCP-backed candidate, beating senior Shiv Sena leader Anandrao Adsul in May.

"Yes, I have extended support to the BJP. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is from Vidarbha and I, too, belong to the same region. He has undertaken several developmental projects and also approved a medical college for my constituency," Rana said.

Rana added that the Fadnavis government had been facilitating development of the Belora airport (in Amravati) and given land approval to set up a pharmaceutical plant in Nandgaon Peth MIDC in the district.

"I have decided to support him (Fadnavis) as I want to be in the government and get work done for people. It is no use sitting in the Opposition," the MLA said. He allayed fears of an adverse reaction from the NCP, which had given him the Badnera seat from its quota.

"There will be no dispute (with NCP). Had they (Congress-NCP) been able to form the government in the state, I would have stayed with them," he told PTI. However, Amravati city Congress president Kishor Borkar opposed Rana's move and said he should respect the people's mandate in his constituency which was in favour of the Congress-NCP.

In another development, Independent MLA Kishor Jorgewar from Chandrapur, also in Vidarbha, on Monday announced his support to the BJP. Jorgewar, a Congress rebel who fought as an Independent after being denied a ticket by his party, extended his support to the BJP after meeting Fadnavis at his residence in Mumbai.

He defeated the BJP's Nana Shyamkule by a margin of 72,000 votes in the Assembly polls, results of which were declared on 24 October. The BJP and the Shiv Sena, with 105 and 56 seats respectively in the 288-member House, are busy wooing the 13 Independent MLAs in the state to give themselves an upper hand during discussions for formation of the next government.

The Sena has demanded a written assurance from the BJP for implementing "equal formula for sharing of power", which could possibly include equal division of the chief ministerial tenure.

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