A day after the 25-year old marriage broke between the BJP and Shiv Sena, the two parties got into a slanging fest blaming each other for the split.
While Sena in its party mouthpiece Saamna, called the BJP ‘an enemy of Maharashtra’, BJP general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that such comments by Sena were unfortunate and will not support the cause of eliminating the “corrupt” Congress and NCP from the state.
Reacting to allegations made by Sena MP Anandrao Adsul of a tacit understanding between BJP and NCP, state BJP president Devendra Fadanvis hit back saying everyone knows who Sena has a tacit understanding with.
“ We all know who supported the NCP openly and never spoke against them while sitting in the assembly, so less said the better,” Fadnavis said indicating Sena’s support to the NCP.
The Sena editorial that appeared on Friday, which is seen as views of party chief Uddhav Thackeray, was bitter as he put the blame for the break on BJP, and said Maharashtra won’t forgive them if things went wrong (or Congress-NCP government returned to power).
"Our other ( Mahayuti) alliance parties wanted the Sena-BJP combine to continue. More than that, it was what the 11 crore people of Maharashtra wanted. Those who trampled these sentiments are enemies of Maharashtra…. This is an insult to the 105 martyrs of the Samyukta Maharashtra movement,” he said.
It went to emphasise the efforts that the Sena took to keep the Mahayuti together. “ We made all efforts possible to keep the Mahayuti intact. However its unfortunate that our 25-year old alliance bound by the Hindutva ideology has ended,” he added.
Taking potshots of Congress minister Narayan Rane, he said that Congress ministers need not worry about Maharashtra, since Shiv Sena will ensure that the saffron flag will protect the state.
"Soon people will realize that those who flew away (BJP) were crows of 'pitrapaksh' (the Hindu period of the dead) and those who remain are Mavle (a term used for Chhhatrapati Shivaji's soldiers)," he said.
Rudy who addressed a press conference at Mumbai in the afternoon, said Uddhav should refrain from making such comments. He debunked the Sena theory of winning the state elections saying, “ After 25 years, the people in Maharashtra have got a chance to choose a single party government that could serve them and BJP will remain the first choice of the people”.