Moments after 21 new ministers were sworn in to Modi’s Cabinet, reports are going around that the Shiv Sena is upset with the promotion given to Suresh Prabhu who took the oath of office. Sources said that Geete met with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and that he may be asked to resign from the Modi Cabinet. Report in section of media confirms that former Shiv Sena leader Suresh Prabhu on Sunday formally joined the BJP before being sworn in as Cabinet minister in the first expansion of the Narendra Modi government as he received the party’s primary membership in the morning and was welcomed by senior party leaders.
Addressing to the media, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that they wanted a stable government in Maharashtra. “However it doesn’t mean that we will support a government, which takes support of people who speak of saffron terrorism (NCP). Uddhav slamming the BJP said, “Atalji ki 13 day ki sarkar Sharad Pawar ne girai thi, aur ab yeh NCP ka hi saath lena chahte hain.” Further he added, “If in the next 2-3 days we don’t get an answer from the BJP then we will sit in the Opposition.” Hour after Uddhav Thackeray and other Shiv Sena leaders met at Sena Bhavan, a decision has been taken that the Sena will sit in the opposition in Maharashtra if the BJP sought NCP’s support. Earlier Sena said they were humiliated after the BJP snubbed Anil Desai and swore in Suresh Prabhu. According to sources, Eknath Khadse will be the Leader of the Opposition.The exclusion on Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai from the Modi Cabinet expansion has not gone down well the party who called it an insult to the entire group. “Snub to Desai is an insult to the Shiv Sena,” said a few angry members. Tensions are on the high and members of the Shiv Sena have said that they might break away from the BJP-led government at the Centre and sit in the opposition in the state too.