Sena minister announces decision to quit NDA govt

Sena minister announces decision to quit NDA govt Mumbai, Nov 11 (PTI) Union Heavy Industries Ministerand Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant on Monday announced hisdecision to quit the NDA government at the Centre.

The Sena's lone minister minister in the Modi Cabinettook to Twitter to announce his decision, a day afterMaharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited his partyto stake claim to form government in the state.

'The Shiv Sena's stand is of truth. Why should I stayin atmosphere of falsehood in Delhi? I am resigning as Unionminister and will speak at a press conference in Delhi at 11am,' Sawant tweeted.

He said before the Lok Sabha polls, a formula wasworked out about sharing of power and seat. Both the Shiv Senaand the BJP agreed to it.

'But now, it is shocking that the decision arrived atis being denied and the Shiv Sena is being projected as notspeaking truth. This is shocking. This is a blot on thestate's pride. The BJP has parted ways by crossing limits offalsehood,' he said in another tweet.

Hours after the BJP declined to form government inMaharashtra on Sunday, the governor asked the Shiv Sena to'indicate the willingness and ability' of the party to stakeclaim.

The Sena, which is the second-largest party in the288-member House with 56 MLAs after the BJP (105), has timetill 7.30 pm on Monday to stake claim to form government.

While the Sena has been making efforts to reach out tothe NCP and the Congress, the Sharad Pawar-led party on Sundaysaid the Sena will have to walk out of the NDA first. PTIND/MRGK GK