Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant, who is union minister for heavy industries, is resigning from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet. “I am resigning from my ministerial post,” news agency ANI quoted Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant as saying. Arvind Sawant is Shiv Sena Lok Sabha MP from south Mumbai.
The development comes as the BJP declined to form government in Maharashtra on Sunday. While the Sena has been making efforts to reach out to the NCP and the Congress, the Sharad Pawar-led party said the Sena will have to walk out of the NDA first.
NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik told reporters on Sunday that the Sena needs to first exit from the NDA as it has one cabinet post (in the Narendra Modi government).
शिवसेनेची बाजू सत्याची आहे. अशा खोट्या वातावरणात दिल्लीतील सरकार मध्ये तरी का रहायचे?— Arvind Sawant (@AGSawant) November 11, 2019
आणि म्हणूनच मी केंद्रीय मंत्री पदाचा राजीनामा देत आहे. या संदर्भात आज सकाळी ११.०० वा. दिल्ली येथे मी पत्रकार परिषद (Press Conference) घेणार आहे.
“Unless it leaves the NDA, we will wait and watch the developments,” he said.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Sunday night asked the Shiv Sena to “indicate the willingness and ability” of the party to stake claim, mounting suspense over formation of government in the state.
The Sena, the second-largest party in the 288-member House with 56 MLAs after the BJP (105), has time till 7:30 pm on November 11, to stake the claim.
Sanjay Raut may meet Congress leaders in Delhi today
Amid suspense on government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut is likely to meet top Congress leaders in Delhi on Monday to seek support for his party-led government in the state.
However it was not clear if he will meet the party’s interim President Sonia Gandhi as yet. Top Congress sources say that Raut has not sought any meeting with her, but she can meet the Sena leader.