The Shiv Sena, in its editorial published in the Saamana on Friday, has yet again taken potshots at Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, but this time using senior BJP leader and cooperatives minister Chandrakant Patil’s remarks on the law and order situation in the state as a trigger.
To counter the statements made by BJP spokespersons against the authorship of Saamana editorials, they questioned who the ‘real voice’ behind Patil’s statements was, considering it was aimed at Fadnavis, and was made by a minister who has a ‘hotline’ with New Delhi.
Patil is closely associated with BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said sources.
It clarified that the views expressed in the Saamana, the Sena’s mouthpiece, should be considered as those of the party and its chief Uddhav Thackeray, who is also the editor of the newspaper.
“If senior BJP leaders such as Ashish Shelar and other spokespersons are questioning the authorship of our editorials, then we have to see who is the real voice behind senior BJP minister Patil, who is criticising the law and order situation of the state…Why would such statements be made at the eve of Amit Shah’s state visit,” said the editorial.
On Wednesday, Shelar had asked who the real voice behind the anti-BJP editorials was; he also said that the issue would be escalated to Shah.
The editorial also pointed out Patil’s remark on how the Maharashtra police seem to be losing its hold with cases of criminals escaping from prisons on the rise.
“The biggest hooch tragedy took place in the state in Mumbai killing more than 100 people. In Pune, riots broke out over a small issue. Abduction and killing of minors and many such incidents are routinely taking place. None of these can be hidden,” it said.
It also took potshots at BJP leaders questioning Sena editorials saying that even though the country and its people appreciate the courageous editorials written in Saamana, the BJP is not ready to take it seriously.