For the second time in 5 years, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday claimed that he and his MLA daughter Praniti Shinde have “got offers to join the Bharatiya Janata Party”.
Not specifying when the lure from the BJP got here or from whom, Shinde stated that is although he had misplaced the elections twice on Congress tickets.
Asked about his response, a smiling Shinde stated that he’s 83 now and has been a staunch Congress loyalist all his life, “so there’s no question of my daughter or me accepting any such offers”.
Queried by media individuals, BJP state President Chandrashekhar Bawankule categorically denied that any such provide has been made to both Shinde or his daughter.
BJP MLA Nitesh N. Rane took a swipe on the Congress and stated that since Shinde has misplaced hopes along with his get together, “now he’s trying to push his daughter to the BJP”.
Shinde shot again that he was not bothered about these reactions, however “a top BJP leader had given us the proposal to join, which we rejected outright”.
Senior Congress chief Yashomati Thakur stated that the BJP has no expertise and are attempting to remove leaders from different events, however expressed confidence that senior leaders like Shinde or his daughter wouldn’t deviate from the get together.
Incidentally, in March 2019, simply earlier than the Lok Sabha elections, Shinde had made an analogous assertion that despatched shockwaves in political circles, although it was trashed by senior BJP leaders even at the moment.
This time, the scenario is totally different as Shinde’s revelation got here simply three days after the abrupt exit of the high-profile Congress veteran, Milind M. Deora did the unthinkable by becoming a member of the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
Besides, CM Shinde and different leaders have claimed that Deora’s departure “is just a trailer, the main picture is still to come”, sparking issues amongst senior leaders of the grand outdated get together, as reminiscences of the June 2022 Shiv Sena break up and the July 2023 Nationalist Congress Party breakup are nonetheless recent of their minds.