Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday evening met Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar in Mumbai for about one-and-a-half hours. As the meeting had occurred hours after Pawar met Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Tuesday rejected speculations regarding the stability of the Thackeray-led government.
The Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP asserted that the Maharashtra government is “strong”. He, however, did not reveal what was discussed between the two leaders.
“Those doubting about the stability of this government are doing so out of their own grudge. This government is strong,” tweeted Raut.
On Monday morning, Pawar, accompanied by NCP MP Praful Patel, had met Koshyari at Raj Bhavan. The NCP had claimed that its supremo met the Governor on the latter’s invitation. The party added that no political matters were discussed between them.
Notably, this was Pawar’s first meeting with the Maharashtra Governor, who took charge in September 2019.
In the afternoon, BJP leader and former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane met the Governor and reportedly sought President’s rule in the state. Reports suggest that during his conversation with the Governor, Rane, inter alia, claimed the Uddhav government had failed to handle the COVID-19 crisis in the state.
Rane made the demand days after Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis met Koshyari and complained that the Maharashtra government had failed to handle the coronavirus situation well.
The meetings took place amid the ongoing tussle between Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre over the issue of COVID-19 pandemic and migrants’ trains.
Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress comprise Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
(With inputs from timesnownews)