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Shiv Sena not promised CM's post for 2.5 years: Fadnavis

Amid the ongoing tussle, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the Shiv Sena was not promised the CM's post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was formalised and that he will be the chief minister for another five years.

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  • BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao noted that the BJP has emerged as the single largest party "by a wide margin" with its tally of seats being more than the combined total of the opposition alliance of the Congress and NCP.

    The Sena had demanded a written assurance from the BJP for implementing "equal formula for sharing of power" before holding talks on staking the claim to form the next alliance government in the state.

    While opposition sees it as an opportunity to make its presence felt in the state, there are still uncertainties over the possible formation of a grand alliance.

    What could possibly have changed in four months? BJP ought to have swept these two states with near two-thirds majority going by the outcome of the general elections. Clearly, voters are distinguishing between assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

    Raut in a tweet said, "Jo khandaani raees hain wo mizaj rakhte hain narm apna, tumhara lehja bataa rahaa hai, tumhari daulat nayi nayi hai" (those rich by hereditary have a soft temperament, your tone shows your wealth is newly acquired). The Rajya Sabha member last week also quoted words of a Hindi poet on his Twitter handle to take aim at the BJP.

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the third anniversary of demonetisation, asserted that she knew from the very beginning that the decision would ruin millions of lives. On several occasions, the Trinamool Congress supremo alleged that the Narendra Modi government's move was a "big scam" which benefited only a handful of people.

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    In the just-held state polls, the BJP won 105 seats, while the Sena got 56 in the 288-member Assembly. The NCP got 54 and the Congress 44 seats. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party is demanding the CM's post for 2.5 years and 50:50 division of portfolios. Both these demands have been rejected by the BJP.

    Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asked whether those sitting in the echelons of power are guilty of criminal offences and whether the government knew of the illegal spyware being deployed to spy on key persons. WhatsApp had informed the Indian government in September that 121 Indian users were targeted by the Israeli spyware Pegasus.

    The city of Ayodhya is under a security blanket as more security forces pour in. Preparing for worst-case scenario makeshift jails have been created in neighbouring districts. Roads to the disputed site have been sealed off. Locals were seen arguing with security personnel on Friday as they seemed unaware that the verdict was to be delivered on Saturday.

    Redrawing priorities with five days left before a new government must be sworn in. Along with revenue, BJP could part with finance ministry. The party, however, is firm on keeping home and urban development portfolios. “Along with revenue, we could part with finance, though it’s not final yet,” said a BJP leader, who did not wish to be identified.

    It will be the first electoral contest between the BJP and TMC since this year's parliamentary polls, in which the saffron party bagged 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, four less than that of the ruling Trinamool Congress.

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