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Stop crying, gear up for polls: Sena to BJP

india Updated: Jun 17, 2009 01:04 IST

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday asked its alliance partner BJP to be careful saying that it was suffering from an “overdose of democracy” asking them to stop shedding tears for election losses and gear up to future fights.

“We cannot comment on them as they are our friends. We can only tell them, friends, be careful,” an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna said.

Citing example of BJP leader Yashwant Sinha who resigned from party posts saying the BJP had failed on all fronts and all senior leaders should quit party posts, the editorial said instead of senior leaders fighting among themselves, they should encourage the demoralised party workers.

“BJP president Rajnath Singh immediately accepted Sinha’s resignation, saying a chintan meeting would analyse the defeat. But what Sinha put mildly was put strongly earlier by Uma Bharati and Kalyan Singh who had quit the party. This means the party runs on democracy,” it said.

The editorial also gave examples of BJP leaders Jaswat Singh, Sudheendra Kulkarni and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat who had raised issues against the party by writing letters and articles in newspapers.

“The BJP is a national party and our partner. Developments that happen in the party are of national interest. Just today, Sushma Swaraj has compared turmoil with a volano. Being our friends, we are concerned about them,” said Sanjay Raut, Saamna editor and Shiv Sena MP.