Shiv Sena took a dim view of BJP’s senior leaders for their extravagant praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by making him a “God”, warning its ally that the “bhakts” will eventually get politicians into trouble.
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said the Prime Minister was “God’s gift to India”. Naidu’s ministerial colleague Radha Mohan Singh also used a similar description while praising Modi.
Sena asked if the emotional call the Chief Justice of India Justice TS Thakur made on Sunday for increasing the number of judges to tackle mounting number of cases could be termed as an “achievement” of the Modi government.
“Senior BJP leaders are issuing statements that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an ‘avtar’ of God. Since he has been made a God, there is bound to be a temple and festivals in his name. A Ram temple may not be constructed in Ayodhya but there will be ‘shlokas’ chanted in the name of this new God,” the Sena said in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
The BJP should remember that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi spent a lot of money on advertisements but eventually lost power after the 1975-77 Emergency, it said.
“It is the bhakts (devotees) that eventually get politicians and Gods into trouble. This has been so from the time of Mahabharat to the present political situation in Delhi,” it said.
“The Chief Justice of India broke down in front of Prime Minister (while making an appeal to increase number of Judges). Should this be considered an achievement of the Modi- led government?”
“Thirty-three per cent of the country is reeling under drought and areas such as Marathwada (in Maharashtra) and Bundelkhand (a backward region spread across MP and UP) have become desolate and appear like burial grounds. Government schemes have not reached there even in two years. This cannot be termed as a failure of the previous government,” it added.
“What happened to the pre-election promises of bringing black money back, taming inflation, ending corruption? How can we say these are the achievements of Modi government?” the Sena organ questioned.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party is an ally of BJP-led governments in Maharashtra and at the Centre.
‘Saamana’, a Marathi daily, has been critical of several policies and decisions of the Modi government, ranging from its stand on Pakistan to the Uttarakhand political crisis.