BJP not to include smaller allies in its govt in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, Dec 5: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is set to induct Shiv Sena members in his Cabinet on Friday, said none of the BJP's smaller allies will be part of his Government for now but he will continue to work with them.

"None of the smaller allies will be included in the Cabinet today. But that does not mean they are not important. They are indeed very important to us because they are our allies. Our allies will be always taken into confidence in all our works," he said while addressing reporters.

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The BJP had fought the October Assembly polls in alliance with RPI (Athawale), Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP), Shetkari Sangathana and Shivsangram. Except RSP (one seat), none of othe parties could open their account.

Asked if leaders of BJP's smaller allies are upset over not being invited for the oath taking ceremony at Vidhan Bhavan today, Fadnavis said all of them have been invited.

"We have sent invites to all the party leaders. I had, myself spoken to Vinayak Mete, Ramdas Athawale, Raju Shetty and invited them to be a part of the ceremony. There is no question of them being upset then," Fadnavis said.

Asked if he was concerned over a PIL being filed against the Sena joining his Ministry, he said there is no rule that prevents any party from joining the Government.

"I do not think the PIL will stand in court. The opposition leader resigned before the Shiv Sena gets inducted in the government. There is no such rule specifying who can join the government and who cannot. All procedures have been followed," Fadnavis said.

PTI

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