PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi ‘dump’ Udhav Thackeray during oath ceremony

New Delhi, November 28, 2019:  Despite becoming a partner in power sharing with the Shiv Sena, the Congress’s top leadership stayed away from Uddhav Thackeray’s oath ceremony. There was a hesitation about the sudden friendship with Shiv Sena that Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh sent a letter of good wishes to Uddhav Thackeray to take charge of Maharashtra but the trio were not involved in Shivaji Park’s swearing in ceremony.

However, Sonia, in a greeting letter to Udhav, justified the coalition’s decision, saying that Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena had to come together in very extraordinary circumstances. That is why it is hoped that in these conditions the new government of the three parties will fulfill the aspirations of the people of Maharashtra. Uddhav Thackeray sent his MLA son Aditya himself to Delhi on Thursday to invite Sonia, Manmohan and Rahul to invite the top leadership of the Congress to the oath.

Wishes to Uddhav Thackeray through letter

Sonia Gandhi told Uddhav that Aditya had invited him on Thursday but he was unable to attend the oath and was sorry for this. However, the Congress President has not discussed any reason for the inability to attend the ceremony. Wishing Uddhav as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, she said that the political atmosphere of the country has become poisonous. The economy has collapsed and farmers are upset. In such a situation, Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena have set a common minimum program and they are confident that the three parties will implement this promise with full spirit. Sonia has also said that the people of Maharashtra expect inclusive, accountable and transparent governance from the coalition and the collective efforts of all of us should be focused on accomplishing this.

Former PM Manmohan also wrote a letter to Uddhav

Manmohan Singh while wishing Uddhav his oath of office as Chief Minister described it as a historic event. While regretting not being included in the oath, Rahul Gandhi also sent a greeting letter to Uddhav to take up the new political responsibility.