Shiv Sena ‘hurt’ at being left out in cabinet expansion

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Mumbai : The Shiv Sena-BJP rift is set to intensify with the ally failing to get any berth in Tues­day’s expansion of the Union Council of Ministers, prompting it to issue a veiled threat to the senior partner that it will keep it in mind during the Mumbai city corporation and other local body polls across Maharashtra.

Grumbling that BJP “took it for granted”, Sena said it felt “hurt” by the treatment meted out to it but asserted that it would not go begging for favours.

“The party’s view has been that we would not go begging to BJP for any ministerial berths. If they give us berths honourably and as per our de­mands then fine. We had some specific demands which we asked for or else we did not want any berths from them,” Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande told PTI.

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