A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to criticise the Shiv Sena out of respect for the late Bal Thackeray, the former saffron ally hit back saying he should have remembered it when the BJP broke off the alliance.
An editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamna on Monday said, " Modi said he won't say a word against Sena as a tribute to Bal Thackeray. We appreciate that. But what happened to that respect while you were breaking off the alliance?
If the BJP had shown some understanding in seat sharing and kept the alliance intact, that would have been a true tribute to Bal Thackeray, the editorial further said.
Modi had said on Sunday at a campaign rally in Maharashtra that he would not criticise former ally Shiv Sena out of respect for its late leader, Bal Thackeray.
"Political pundits are saying why is Modi not criticising Shiv Sena in his campaign speeches. This is the first election in absence of late Bal Thackeray, for whom I have great respect. I have decided not to utter a single word against Shiv Sena. This is my tribute to Balasaheb Thackeray," he had said.
The Sena editorial was also scathing on Modi's attempt to use Shivaji Maharaj's name during his campaign.
"The new head of Delhi shouldn't forget that Shivaji Maharaj was the embodiment of Purusharth (manliness). Where will you get that from?", the Sena asked Modi.
Questioning Modi's statements on his love for Maharashtra, the Sena asked, "PM Modi came all the way from Delhi to say that Congress-NCP alliance looted Maharashtra. But what was Gujarat CM Anandiben's intention of coming to Mumbai. She said all Mumbai-based industrialists should shift to Gujarat. Isn't that a way of looting Maharashtra."
Referring to BJP's stand on the Vidarbha row, the Sena accused the party of trying to split Maharashtra.
Modi in all his campaign speeches in the state had been trying to highlight the BJP's respect for Maharashtra and warrior king Chhattrapati Shivaji.
" It was the Vajpayee government which named Mumbai airport after Shivaji. You were CM , but you didn't think of it. Even Victoria Terminus was named Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus by Vajpayee government," Modi had said in an attack on the ruling Congress-NCP government.