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Decide on alliance, Fadnavis tells Sena

Decide on alliance, Fadnavis tells Sena
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has warned partner Shiv Sena that its -'dual stand-' will not wash and that its chief Uddhav Thackeray...

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has warned partner Shiv Sena that its "dual stand" will not wash and that its chief Uddhav Thackeray must decide if he wants to continue the alliance with the BJP.

"The Sena opposes all our decisions. They can give their suggestions, but cannot simultaneously play the roles of a ruling party and an opposition at the same time," Fadnavis said at a function, even as the Sena's Sanjay Raut delivered another set of jibes at the BJP, asserting that the "Modi wave has faded".

The CM said, "As a party, Uddhav-ji has to decide. People do not like the picture they are portraying. Balasaheb (Sena founder and Uddhav Thackeray's father Bal Thackeray) never saw every decision with negativity, neither does Uddhav-ji. But some of his leaders think they are bigger than the party chief and make statements."

Sanjay Raut was participating in television discussion when he also declared that Rahul Gandhi is now capable of leading the country.

"People want to hear what he is saying...It is wrong to call him 'Pappu'," the Sena lawmaker said, referring to a name used by BJP supporters to mock Gandhi. "The biggest political power in this country is the people... the voters. They can make a Pappu of anyone," Sanjay Raut added in an apparent dig at the BJP.

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