The Shiv Sena launched a scathing attack on its ally BJP saying that the later was trying to finish the Sena and it was time for the saffron outfit to fight all future elections on its own strength.
Addressing the Sena candidates who lost the Assembly elections in 2014, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray urged his workers to come on streets for the issues concerning the common man. “We came together for the welfare of the people. However, it seems the BJP is determined to finish off the Sena,” said Uddhav. “We will now have to fight the elections on our own strength. You come on streets even if we are in power if the issues concern the people,” he added.
Uddhav has been upset with the BJP government for failing to accommodate the Sena in his government and seeking to marginalise it. Hence he loses no opportunity to attack it through both his speeches as well as in their mouthpiece, Saamna. The meeting was as organised to ask these defeated candidates and office bearers to get ready for the 2017 BMC elections.
BJP, however, played down the issue saying that these statements are meant only to boost the orale of its workers. “Every party talks of going alone to boost the morale of its workers,” said BJP state president Raosaheb Danave.
Uddhav also targeted RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and questioned the motive behind the recent Bharat Mata Ki Jai controversy.