This came as a shocker from Shiv Sena workers on the foundation day of their party.
Sena corporators ransacked the municipal hall of the Aurangabad Municipal Body and attacked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party members following a dispute with its 25-year-old alliance partner over the chairmanship of the civic standing committee, which controls treasury of the civic body.
Sena workers also attacked the office of the local BJP leader Haribhau Bagde. The Aurangabad incident has created tension between the Sena and the BJP. The BJP leaders lodged strong protests with the Sena leadership.
The Sena and the BJP have been at loggerheads after the Aurangabad civic elections, with the BJP tying up with the Congress to win power in the standing committee that controls the treasury of the civic body. The Sena had criticized this and even the Sena chief Bal Thackeray had blasted the BJP for “weakening Hindutva.”
There have been incidents of Sainiks ransacking the BJP party office at Aurangabad.
Senior party leaders — Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and state BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar — had met in early June at Matoshree and formed a co-ordination committee to resolve such issues.
It was decided that Sena and the BJP will share power every alternate year and the BJP candidate for the standing committee, Raju Shinde, will resign from the post of chairmanship.
Shinde refused to resign on Saturday, saying he had been elected with confidence by his electorate. This led to violent reactions from the Sena corporator Vikas Jain, who ransacked the committee hall inside the corporation. Angry Sainiks then attacked BJP workers.
The Aurangabad police has provided police protection to all senior BJP leaders and initiated action against Sena activists. Shiv Sena MP and party spokesperson Sanjay Raut defended the Sena’s actions.
“This is what happens when Sainiks are angry. What happened in Aurangabad on Saturday wasn’t fair. The party will take up the issue with the BJP.”
There has been simmering tension between the alliance partners over various issues, including Vidarbha, where both the parties’ views don’t match. The BJP is in favour of smaller states and the Shiv Sena is for a united Maharashtra.
The BJP has also been at the receiving end from the Shiv Sena over the BJP government’s stand over the Maharashtra-Karnataka border row and alleged “torture” of Marathi people.
Home minister R. R. Patil, while speaking to reporters in Solapur said an inquiry will be held into the incident. He said, “I am of the opinion that such corporators, who have destroyed public property and indulged in goodaism should be disqualified from public office. I will talk to the concerned department (Urban development department) about this.”