Following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) move to appoint two deputy chief ministers (DCMs) in Uttar Pradesh, the Shiv Sena on Sunday hit out at its ally for a U-turn on the post.
Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the BJP had informed them during the formation of the Maharashtra government that it is their policy to not have a DCM in any state it rules. He said that the BJP named DCMs in Jammu and Kashmir and now in Uttar Pradesh too, and that the party needed to clarify if the policy had been changed.
“In Maharashtra, during negotiations over the formation of the government in 2014, we were told that it was a policy decision of the BJP. But after the Kashmir elections, the BJP in coalition with Peoples Democratic Party got its DCM. Now, UP has two DCMs. Why has Maharashtra has been made an exception? We are asking whether the BJP has changed its policy,” he added.
Raut’s statement gains significance as during the 1995-1999 when the Sena was the major partner, it offered its junior party BJP the DCM’s post which was held by Gopinath Munde. However, after the 2014 assembly polls, the BJP ungraded itself to the major partner and refused to concede the DCM post to the Sena.
Right from the beginning, Sena ministers have been complaining about alleged step-motherly treatment meted out by the BJP. They even threatened that they are always ready with their resignation letters and will submit them on the orders of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Raut has also raked up the issue of the Ram Mandir, saying that this was the right time to build the templed in Ahyodya. “Yogi Adityanath (newly elected UP chief minister) was at the forefront of the Ram Mandir movement and if the temple is not constructed now, it will never be constructed in the future. It is high time to end up the exile of Lord Ram and build the temple which was promised decades ago. I am happy that the BJP has asserted the its Hindutava stand at the national level by appointing Adityanath. This is the ‘political revival of the Hindutava’ of the BJP,” he added.
Raut has also advised the UP CM to exercise restraint. “The controversial remarks won’t work as he is the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. If in case he does make such comments, it will create chaos in the state. Now, he should talk about development,” said Raut.