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Saamna slams BJP over verdict on Arunachal

In a stinging editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamna, the Sena likened the SC verdict to a ‘slap on the Centre’s cheek and a blow on its nose

mumbai Updated: Jul 15, 2016 23:41 IST
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Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray (Hindustan Times)

Two days after the Supreme Court struck down the Centre’s decision to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, the Shiv Sena slammed the Narendra Modi-led government for its actions on the issue.

In a stinging editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamna, the Sena likened the SC verdict to a ‘slap on the Centre’s cheek and a blow on its nose.’

“The Uttarakhand verdict was a slap on one cheek and now this verdict is a slap on the other. The Centre’s face is now swollen.”

The Sena’s reaction is similar to the one the party had when the SC had upturned the President’s rule imposed in Uttarakhand. The Sena had, then, warned that the country would “head to anarchy if such things continue”.

The regional right-wing party was very critical about the role of governors in political crises like the ones seen in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.

“In both the cases, if the governor has actively played along then it’s an insult to the chair. Such abuses were often committed by the Congress-appointed governors in its tenure. That BJP-appointed governors would do the same wasn’t expected.”

However, the party didn’t stop at criticising the governors but hinted at the Centre’s backing to such efforts.

“Much worse than the actions of the governors is the backing and the approval that such actions have received from elders,” the Saamna editorial said.

The party went on to take jibes at ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s often-stated aim of ending Congress’ rule in all states of the country.

“It’s fine that you dream of a Congress-Mukt India. However, even Modi wouldn’t approve of the methods you’ve employed in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.”

The editorial went on to caution ally BJP over using similar tactics in other non-BJP-ruled states. “The Centre shouldn’t strangulate states which don’t accept its ideology and its rule. They should try and win it through polls.”