Raut quotes Hindi verse to take dig at Fadnavis

Raut quotes Hindi verse to take dig at Fadnavis Mumbai, Nov 10 (PTI) In a veiled dig at Maharashtra'sacting chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena MP SanjayRaut on Sunday used a Hindi verse to imply that the BJP leaderis a new entrant in the big game of politics.

The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are locked in a bittertussle on sharing the chief minister's post, resulting in astalemate over government formation in the state.

Hitting out at 49-year-old Fadnavis without taking hisname, Raut in a tweet said, 'Jo khandaani raees hain wo mizajrakhte hain narm apna, tumhara lehja bataa rahaa hai, tumharidaulat nayi nayi hai' (those rich by hereditary have a softtemperament, your tone shows your wealth is newly acquired).

The Rajya Sabha member last week also quoted words ofa Hindi poet on his Twitter handle to take aim at the BJP.

Fadnavis, who started his political career in the1990s, while resigning as the chief minister on Friday, blamedally Shiv Sena for the deadlock over government formationafter the recent Assembly polls.

After quitting, Fadnavis, who was the youngest mayorof Nagpur and represented the Nagpur-South West Assembly seatsince 1999, said it was a shock for the BJP when the Shiv Senachief Uddhav Thackeray declared soon after the results that'all options were open for the Sena to form the government'.

On the Shiv Sena's contention that the two parties haddecided before the Lok Sabha polls that the chief minister'spost will be shared for two-and-half-years each, Fadnavis saidno such decision was taken in his presence.

Later, Thackeray strongly countered Fadnavis' claimand said there will be no talks with the BJP unless itaccepted that the two allies had decided to share the chiefminister's post.

Thackeray said he will fulfill the promise made to hisfather, late Bal Thackeray, to install a Shiv Sena chiefminister in the state.

In the October 21 state Assembly polls, the BJP won105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and the Congress won 44 seats.