Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over demonetisation, corruption and violence at the border, the Shiv Sena on Monday said its ally should keep its supposed vision for development to itself and the Maharashtra of Chhatrapati Shivaji and the Shiv Sena chief doesn’t need any of it.
In an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena said the BJP’s tactic at the Centre and the state is all about creating a vision, despite whatever may happen on the ground.
Directly lashing out at chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the party said, “Apparently in an unofficial chat in Nagpur, the chief minister said the alliance (with Shiv Sena) will only happen if the party accepts BJP’s vision for development. If the conversation was unofficial how did it get widely published?” The Sena, however, added that it doesn’t need to seek any clarification on it, knowing that the BJP’s way of doing things in the country as well as other states is by stating grand visions.
“Just when the chief minister was talking about crimes being on the decline, in Nagpur itself there were four murders in just 20 hours. But since there’s a ‘vision’ about good law and order, journalists should now start writing that these weren’t murders and people just decided to peacefully rest. This is how the BJP’s vision is like,” the Sena said in the Saamana editorial.
The party also took a jibe at the CM’s pet Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway project, saying that the BJP has shown a vision that it will bring prosperity to districts along the alignment and increase land prices along the way. “But the vision that has surfaced, of officials close to the ruling party buying land along the proposed route at cheap rates, is shocking. But instead of seeing this as a multi-acre land scam, we should all look at it as just a vision,” the Sena said.
Over the last few weeks, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and the chief minister projected an image that relations between them were warm and cordial while sharing stage several times and praising each others’ work.
The Sena, however, continued to lash out against the BJP over the implementation of demonetisation, whereby the government suddenly decommissioned old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, massively inconveniencing people.
The Shiv Sena’s latest barbs come at a time when the Mumbai civic polls are less than two months away, and there is still a cloud of uncertainty over a Sena-BJP alliance for the polls.