The massive political turmoil in Maharashtra that has divided two of the country's oldest allies has also triggered a revision of seating arrangements in the Rajya Sabha. The Shiv Sena, which walked out of the Modi government at the center this week, will sit in the opposition benches in the Rajya Sabha, party spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) should not get unsettled by "small differences" while several BJP allies attending an alliance meeting on Sunday called for a mechanism to improve coordination.
PM Modi described the alliance as "one big family" with different ideologies. Shiv Sena, which was BJP's pre-poll ally in Maharashtra, skipped the NDA meeting.
"We have got to know that the seating arrangement of two Shiv Sena MPs had changed in the parliament," he said. Mr. Raut is one of the three MPs of the Shiv Sena in the upper house.
Asked if only a formal announcement of the Sena quitting the NDA is yet to make, he said, "You can say that. There is no problem with saying that".