The Shiv Sena remained firm on its stand that it would oppose the Lokpal bill.
During the discussion on the bill in Parliament on Tuesday, Sena MP Anant Geete said: “You are creating trouble for yourself. What kind of institution we are creating? Why are you compromising the position of prime minister?”
But this statement has not gone well with Team Anna, and the Mumbai chapter of India Against Corruption (IAC) is already gearing up for an anti-Sena campaign in Mumbai.
Anna Hazare has clearly said that his supporters will campaign against political parties not supporting the Lokpal.
Praful Vora, member of IAC Mumbai, said: “We are not against any particular outfit, but any party opposing the Lokpal will not be appreciated.”
“We will openly come out during elections to make people aware that the Shiv Sena did not support the Lokpal bill and one must think twice before casting a vote in favour of the Shiv Sena,” added Vora.
However, the Sena appeared unperturbed. “We do not see why this should affect us. We are clear about our support to Anna on the anti-corruption movement, and not the Lokpal bill,” said Sanjay Raut, Sena spokesperson and Shiv Sena MP.
Despite Team Anna’s criticism of the Congress and NCP they did well in Maharashtra council elections, he added. “Likewise, if they go against us, it is good. We are sure to win the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections then.”