Shiv Sena Minister quits Modi Cabinet

Union Heavy Industries Minister and Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant today announced his decision to quit the NDA government at the Centre.

The Sena's lone Minister in the Modi Cabinet took Twitter to announce his decision, a day after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited his party to stake claim to form government in the State.

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

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

'But now, it is shocking that the decision arrived at is being denied and the Shiv Sena is being projected as not speaking truth. This is shocking. This is a blot on the State's pride. The BJP has parted ways by crossing limits of falsehood,' he said in another tweet.

Hours after the BJP declined to form government in Maharashtra on Sunday, the Governor asked the Shiv Sena to 'indicate the willingness and ability' of the party to stake claim.