Maharashtra Assembly begins, Shiv Sena sits in Opposition

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Mumbai, Nov 10: Shiv Sena legislators preferred to sit in opposition in the House of Maharashtra assembly that began on Monday, putting the pressure on its estranged ally BJP to take decision whether to continue with Sena or will go with NCP.

Following a deadlock over the ministerial berth allocation in the BJP government in Maharashtra, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray made it clear that his MLAs would sit in Opposition if BJP sought help from the NCP, which has offered unconditional support to the saffron party and may abstain from trust vote.

Angry Uddhav expressed his displeasure over the BJP after prime minister Narendra Modi chose Suresh Prabhu to give him the cabinet berth in his first Cabinet expansion.

Suresh Prabhu quit the Shiv Sena and joined the BJP just before he took oath as minister. The troubled ties between the parties took another turn when MP Anil Desai, whom Sena had recommended for a ministerial berth, was asked by Uddhav to boycott the expansion and return to Mumbai.

He also hinted that he would rethink its stand on giving support to BJP at Centre. Although, BJP-Sena parted their ways ahead of the state polls in Maharashtra, Sena is still a part of the NDA government at the Centre.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will have to face the trust vote in the House during the special three-day session to prove the majority of the BJP government in the state.

According to some reports, Fadnavis will be ready for the floor test after the Speaker's election on Wednesday.

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