Meanwhile, an OBC leader of the BJP in Maharashtra came out in an open criticism of the state BJP leadership — obviously targeting former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and the upper caste lobby he allegedly sought to promote.
Also, reports emerged that 15 Shiv Sena legislators have come forward to express their disagreement over the party breaking away from the NDA, and said this would affect their Hindutva cause. There is also haggling between the three parties over portfolios.
RUMBLINGS IN BJP
There are rumblings in the BJP as well. A section of BJP leaders are irritated over the way the party leadership handled the matter, especially in relation to having a tie-up with “corrupt” Ajit Pawar, which anyway failed. The OBCs are openly expressing their misgivings over the state party functioned. One senior leader, Eknath Khadse, said he was considering an offer to side with the Shiv Sena. The OBCs had not got their due in ticket-distribution and this had affected the voting pattern for the BJP in the assembly polls.
AMBANI, OTHERS AT SWEARING IN EVENT
The swearing-in event at Shivaji Park was graced, among others, by industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita and their son Anant. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ahmed Patel, DMK leader MK Stalin, NCP leaders Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar, Supriya Sule, MNS leader Raj Thackeray, Uddhav’s wife Rashmi and son Aaditya.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee were among the invitees who did not turn up, citing personal reasons. Governor BS Koshyari administered the oath of office to Uddhav and six other ministers. The six are Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai from Shiv Sena, Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal from NCP andBalasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut from the Congress. — IHN-NN