A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena broke their 25-year-old alliance, the two parties are now blaming each other for the split.
While the Sena, in its party mouthpiece Saamana, called its former ally ‘an enemy of Maharashtra’, BJP general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said such comments by the Sena were unfortunate and will not support the cause of eliminating the “corrupt” Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from the state. Reacting to allegations made by Sena MP Anandrao Adsul of a tacit understanding between the BJP and NCP, state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis hit back saying everyone knows who the 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 the Sena’s support to the NCP.
The Sena editorial that appeared on Friday blamed the BJP for the split, and said Maharashtra would not forgive them if things went wrong (or if the 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,” the editorial said.
It went on to emphasise the efforts the Sena took to keep the Mahayuti together. “We took all efforts to keep the Mahayuti intact. But it is unfortunate that our 25-year old alliance, bound by the Hindutva ideology, has ended,” it said.
Taking potshots at Congress minister Narayan Rane, the editorial said Congress ministers should not worry about the state, because the Shiv Sena will ensure the saffron flag protects the state.
Rudy, who addressed a press conference in the city on Friday, said Uddhav should refrain from making such comments. He debunked the Sena theory of winning the state elections saying, “After 25 years, Maharashtra has got a chance to choose a single-party government that could serve them, and the BJP will remain the people’s first choice.”