Arvind Sawant Shiv Sena MP in Modi cabinet resigned

Arvind Sawant’s resignation came a day after BJP gave up efforts to form a government in Maharashtra.

Arvind Sawant Shiv Sena’s Minister at the Centre quit the National Democratic Alliance government on Monday a day after the NCP said that it was open to supporting his party to form the government in Maharashtra if it quit the Bharatiya Janata Party led coalition.

Arvind Sawant,said that Shiv Sena has sided with the truth. “In such a false environment,why should we stay in government in Delhi? That’s why I am resigning from the Union council of ministers,’’he tweeted.

The NCP offered the conditional support on a day the BJP gave up its efforts to form the government in the state citing the Sena’s “insult to the mandate”.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had on Saturday asked the BJP to indicate its “willingness and ability” to form the government in the state as the single-largest party.

The BJP wished “good luck” to its oldest and pre-poll ally if the Sena wanted to form the government with NCP and the Congress’s help. Koshyari later asked the Sena to indicate by Monday evening its ability to form the government.

The BJP has been at loggerheads with the Sena over power sharing since it emerged as the single largest party in the state assembly on October 24 with 105 seats. The Sena, which has 56 seats, has insisted that the two parties had agreed to share the chief minister’s post under a “50-50” power-sharing formula before the April-May national polls.

The BJP has maintained that no such formula has been finalized and triggered a war of words between the two parties. The two parties together won 161 seats in the 288-member assembly. A party or an alliance requires 145 seats for a majority in the House. The Congress has 44 seats and NCP 54.

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