Shiv Sena now says it hasn’t yet decided on supporting government
chief Uddhav Thackeray has asked hasn’t yet decided on supporting government his party MPs to remain in Delhi, but the final decision as to whether the party will support the Modi government against the Opposition’s no-confidence motion will be taken on Friday, a Sena functionary said.
Earlier in the day, a whip issued by the Sena had asked all MPs to support the “Uddhav-ji has asked all party MPs to be present in Delhi tomorrow and they will be told by the Sena president about the party’s decision by morning,” Harshal Pradhan, a close confidant of Uddhav Thackeray, said here.
When contacted, Sena’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha Chandrakant Khaire told PTI that the earlier “notice” (whip) issued to the party MPs had said they must remain present in Parliament all day long.
“All party MPs were told that the final decision will be taken by Uddhav-ji and be conveyed to them,” Khaire said.
A Sena source said the The whip issued by Khaire earlier had said that all members of the party in the Lok Sabha should remain present in the House when the no-trust motion is taken up for discussion tomorrow, and “support the government’s stand”.
The Sena source said there was a change of mind after the party learnt that the , in a bid to woo Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna’s Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti, assured him of considering his demand to increase the milk procurement price in Maharashtra, even when Shetti has been harshly critical of the NDA and the BJP.
The source added that the Sena felt that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government is walking on thin ice in terms of numbers to cross the majority mark of 273 in the Lok Sabha.
The no-trust motion will be the first since the BJP-led NDA government came to power four years ago. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s decision to accept the motion moved by former BJP ally TDP and others came on the first day of the Monsoon session.