Published On : Tue, Oct 29th, 2019

Maha tussle: 1 Ind MLA supports Sena; 2 back BJP

Nationalist Congress Party-backed Independent MLA Shankarrao Gadakh on Monday extended support to the Shiv Sena, which is putting all efforts to have an equal share in power with its ally the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the next government in Maharashtra.

However, the BJP retained the lead in the game of oneupmanship with two independent MLAs — Vinod Agrawal and Mahesh Baldi — extending their support to Devendra Fadnavis.

Gadakh, the MLA from Nevasa in Ahmednagar district, announced his decision to offer support to the Shiv Sena after meeting party chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai.

It is to note that Gadakh’s father Yashwantrao was a former NCP leader.

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won an absolute majority in the Maharashtra Assembly polls with the former emerging as the single-largest party in the state with 105 seats.

Shiv Sena bagged 56 seats in the elections.