Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Wednesday took on its 20-year-old alliance partner the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for joining hands with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the local elections of the Badlapur Municipal Council.
The BJP has been criticising the NCP and its president Sharad Pawar on the Indian Premier League and on rising prices. “Now with the BJP tying up with the NCP, will prices of commodities in Badlapur come down?” Thackeray asked in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna. Thackeray is the editor of Saamna and the newspaper’s editorials are taken as his views.
“The BJP has been supporting Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren despite Soren taking sides with the Congress. In Pune, the BJP opposed the Pune pattern where the Shiv Sena and NCP had tied up and now they are doing it themselves,” Thackeray said.
He added that if there was no consensus between the allies on the candidate for the post of the president of the council, the candidate could have been changed. “Shiv Sena never opposed any candidates put up by the BJP for the post of prime minister or Opposition leader,” he said. “The people of this country should decide which is the better party.”
The Sena-BJP managed to retain the 34-member Badlapur Municipal Council by bagging 12 and 7 seats respectively as against the Congress' single seat show and the NCP's 10 seats. The MNS got three seats while one seat went to an independent candidate.