“Shiv Sena to sit in Opposition, will vote against BJP government during trust vote today,” said Sena leader Ramdas Kadam. "We have lost faith in them (BJP)," he added. However, the BJP termed Sena's gesture ill-bred.
“Shiv Sena's decision is neither in its own interest nor of Maharashtra,” said BJP minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
Earlier on Monday, Shiv Sena announced its decision to sit in the opposition and not join the minority BJP government headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra.
"We have sent a letter signed by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to this effect to the legislature secretariat. In the letter we have requested that the name of Sena legislative party leader Eknath Shinde should be announced at the earliest (as leader of opposition)," party spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said.
The party has also announced plans to contest the post of assembly speaker which will be held on Wednesday prior to the vote of confidence, followed by the Governor's address.
The belligerent Sena which occupied the opposition benches on Monday, said that talks with the BJP on power-sharing have stalled.
It has given BJP two days' time to respond to its latest demand of rejecting NCP support before taking a final decision on sitting in the opposition.
The Congress which is sitting in the opposition is planning to seek the post of leader of opposition, pushing the Sena into a tight corner over its stance on supporting the Fadnavis government.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will seek a vote of confidence in his minority government on Wednesday as a special three-day session of the state Assembly started on Monday.
Governor CV Rao administered the oath to Pro-Tem Speaker JP Gavit at a ceremony in Raj Bhavan this morning, following which the oath-taking of individual legislators of the 13th Assembly started in Vidhan Bhavan.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has an effective strength of 121 members in the 288-member house after one legislator died recently, and the support of one member of pre-poll ally Rashtriya Samaj Paksha.
The Nationalist Congress Party with 41 members has offered its "unconditional external support" to the BJP with party chief Sharad Pawar saying that his party would not allow political instability in the state.
“Shiv Sena to sit in Opposition, will vote against BJP government during trust vote today,” said Sena leader Ramdas Kadam.
"We have lost faith in them (BJP)," he added.
However, the BJP termed Sena's gesture ill-bred.