Shiv Sena on Thursday hailed senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde for showing "guts" to rebel and making the party in Delhi "buckle" under him, which no one has dared and got away.
In an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece 'Samana' headlined "Dilli bhi Jhukti hai", the BJP's long-standing ally said leaders like Uma Bharati and Madanlal Khurana did rebel but they were shown the door.
"Uma Bharati, who rebelled was shown the door while the rebellion of Khurana was crushed. Only Munde rebelled and came back on his own terms," the editorial said.
"Munde had practically rebelled. He told them (BJP leadership in Delhi when summoned) bluntly that he would not go. He kept his word and did not go. But later he relented and went - but on his own terms - and got what he wanted," said the editorial in the paper edited by Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
The editorial said, "The rebellion of Shankarsinh Waghela did not last long and even the rebellion of veteran BJP leader Keshubhai Patel did not make the BJP leadership sway to his tunes."
"In the backdrop of these, Munde's rebellion had become the focal point of discussion as people were wondering whether Munde's rebellion will be crushed like others or whether he will break the obstinacy of BJP leadership in Delhi."
"By coming out victorious, Munde emerged as a very strong leader in Maharashtra and has proved that there were none to
match him in the party," the editorial added.
"There were attempts finish off Munde in the party. But because he flexed his muscles, the Delhi BJP leadership buckled as it did not want to lose Maharashtra because of internal squabbles in the party," it added.