Maharashtra: Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant resigns from Union Minister post

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP and Union Minister of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises Arvind Sawant resigned from his post in the central government on Monday.

The minister who holds the post of Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in the cabinet called out the BJP government for being untrue to their promises.

Sawant will make a formal announcement in New Delhi at 11 am.

The BJP had won 105 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, when election results were declared on October 24. The Shiv Sena, an alliance partner of the BJP, won 56 seats, the Nationalist Congress Party 54 seats and the Congress 44 seats.

However, the BJP and Shiv Sena failed to form the government following the polls as the Sena demanded the chief minister’s post for 2.5 years and 50% of the ministries in the Maharashtra Cabinet – demands that the BJP was not willing to concede.

A day after the governor asked the BJP to indicate its willingness and ability to form government, Fadnavis informed him about the party’s inability to do so due to lack of enough numbers. The role of the Congress (44 MLAs) and the NCP (54 MLAs) is crucial now.

After the BJP’s refusal to form the government in the state, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Sunday night asked the Shiv Sena to “indicate the willingness and ability” of the party to stake claim, sending the leaders in Sena, NCP and the Congress to decide their next moves.

The Sena, the second-largest party in the 288-member House with 56 MLAs after the BJP (105), has time till 7:30pm on November 11, to stake the claim.

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