Two days after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis took a swipe at Shiv Sena ministers in the presence of their chief Uddhav Thackeray, it was their turn to hit back. The chief minister had on Saturday made it clear he held the remote control to his government.
In an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna on Monday, however, the Sena made light of Fadnavis’ statement and said, holding the remote made little sense if the batteries to the remote were not charged. The Sena and the BJP have been caught in unending tussles, with the latest war of words sparked off on Saturday, which was late Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s birth anniversary. The editorial sought to mock Fadnavis’ statement by expressing concern over the arrest of alleged IS sympathisers and preachers. Investigations have pointed to the possibility of the Mumbra IS suspect being the outfit’s India head. “ISIS’s country commander was caught in Maharashtra. If ISIS’s remote control is here in Maharashtra, then the CM must take serious note of this.”
The editorial said the multiple arrests show the IS was keen on unfurling its flag in Maharashtra — another attempt to mock state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve’s comments last week that the BJP’s flag would be unfurled atop the BMC next year, alluding to the 2017 civic polls.
“Whoever has the remote control to power has to put a stop to this spreading reach of the IS. But, what must one do if he has the remote control with uncharged batteries? If you want to stop the ISIS, you will have to charge your remote’s batteries first,” the piece said.