Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addressed a press conference in Mumbai. The press conference came just about an hour after Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis handed over his resignation to Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis tendered his resignation on Friday amid impasse over government formation in Maharashtra. The 50:50 formula has become a major bone of contention between Shiv Sena and BJP. During his press conference, Devendra Fadnavis said that there was no agreement between Shiv Sena and BJP about sharing CM post for 2.5 years each.
Uddhav Thackeray lashed out at Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis on this very point and said both of them were 'accusing him of lying'
Asserting that Shiv Sena did not enter into an alliance with BJP with an eye on Deputy CM's post, Thackeray said that Amit Shah himself had promised an arrangement in accordance with the 50-50 formula.
He praised Devendra Fadnavis and said that Shiv Sena stayed in the alliance because of him.
"He is a good friend," said Thackeray about Devendra Fadnavis.
He sought to address Devendra Fadnavis' claims that the Shiv Sena criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a number of occasions.
"PM considers me as his younger brother," said Thackeray before adding that the Shiv Sena has never criticised PM Modi.
"BJP is not my enemy," said Uddhav Thackeray,"...but it shouldn't lie," he warned.
Uddhav Thackeray said that he was holding no discussions with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. Devendra Fadnavis, in his press conference, had alleged that Shiv Sena was holding talks with Congress and NCP instead of talking with BJP.
"How do you know we spoke with NCP?" Thackeray appeared to ask the BJP, "...are you snooping on us?" he added.
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Watch what Devendra Fadnavis said in his press conference after he tendered resignation