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Allies take sides as BJP’s internal unease grows

The unease among a section of BJP leaders since the rise of Narendra Modi has had an echo in an old ally, the recalcitrant Shiv Sena. So much so that it does not spare an opportunity to attack the BJP leadership nor does it shy away from taking sides.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2014 00:01 IST
Shekhar Iyer

The unease among a section of BJP leaders since the rise of Narendra Modi has had an echo in an old ally, the recalcitrant Shiv Sena. So much so that it does not spare an opportunity to attack the BJP leadership nor does it shy away from taking sides.

Unlike the Akali Dal, which has thrown its formidable weight behind Modi’s campaign, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has often unleashed his party’s mouthpiece, Saamana, support the camp that backs Sushma Swaraj and L K Advani.

Before Modi was named the prime minister candidate, Thackeray pitched for Swaraj, recalling his father Balasaheb Thackeray wanted her for the top job.

Subsequently, Uddav backed Modi, but he still has an uncomfortable equation with the Gujarat CM.

This was pronounced quite clearly after BJP leader Nitin Gadkari tried to reach out to Uddav’s estranged cousin, Raj Thackeray of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

Some BJP insiders believe that the Sena mouthpiece often reflects the concerns of the anti-Modi camp in the BJP. It criticises the BJP even for the alliances it cobbles together outside the Sena’s sphere of influence, which reflects the views of the anti-Modi camp in the BJP.

Just when the BJP thought it had resolved the crisis over Advani’s candidature from Gandhinagar, the Sena started shooting at it, questioning why the party took so long to decide on Advani’s Lok Sabha seat.