Now, Sena says it’s not happy with MoS post

The Shiv Sena contested 15 seats and won 7, while the BJP contested 28 seats but won only 9. Our performance is better, said Barne.
Shrirang Appa Barne
Shrirang Appa Barne

MUMBAI: A day after the Ajit Pawar-led NCP rejected a Minister of State (MoS) position in the Narendra Modi cabinet saying it wants a Cabinet post, the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena said it was not happy with the MoS berth given to it.

Prataprao Jadhav is the sole representative of Shinde-led Sena in the new government. He has been allocated the AYUSH ministry as MoS with independent charge and also health & family welfare as MoS.

Expressing disappointment over the issue, Shiv Sena MP Shrirang Barne said his party is one of the oldest allies of the BJP and deserves a cabinet minister. “In this election, the strike ratio of Shiv Sena was higher than that of the BJP in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena contested 15 seats and won 7, while the BJP contested 28 seats but won only 9. Our performance is better,” said Barne.

“Injustice has been done to the Shiv Sena. Even smaller allies have got Cabinet ministers, but we have been given only MoS,” he added. He pointed out that Chirag Paswan was made a Cabinet minister though his party won only five seats. Similarly, the JD(S) with just two Lok Sabha MPs got a Cabinet post, Barne contended.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ekanth Shinde held a meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs and MPs on Monday to discuss the party’s strategy and plan of action going forward. The meeting was held at Varsha Bungalow, the CM’s official residence.

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