Indicating unease in Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, a lawmaker from the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena on Friday said his party was being given step-motherly treatment.
Lok Sabha member from Mumbai Gajanan Kirtikar said since the Shiv Sena is now once again a part of the BJP-led NDA, the work of its MPs should be done “accordingly”.
The senior leader of the Shinde group said, “We are part of the NDA…so our work should be done accordingly and (NDA) constituents should get (appropriate) status. We feel that we are being given step-motherly treatment.” ” Said.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena walked out of the NDA in 2019 after joining hands with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party to form the government in Maharashtra.
Eknath Shinde had joined hands with the BJP to become the chief minister last year following a split in the Shiv Sena.
Notably, earlier in the day, Mr Kirtikar also said that the seat-sharing formula used by the Shiv Sena and the BJP in 2019 will not be changed in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
On the other hand, BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said that no decision has been taken yet.
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