That all is not well in the Bharatiya Janata Party- Shiv Sena alliance was evident on the birth anniversary of the late Bal Thackeray on Friday, with leaders from both parties trading barbs in the media as well as on an online platform.
While Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray sparred with BJP city chief Ashish Shelar on Twitter, revenue minister Eknath Khadse and Sena minister Ramdas
Kadam took digs at each other.
Khadse did not stop short of taunting Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray over his remark that the Sena was in the government to provide stability.
"They [the Sena] are in the cabinet, so the government has greater stability but if stability is the only reason for them being in the government, they should know it can be provided even by staying outside," said Khadse.
Trouble started after Ramdas Kadam, reacting to a movie inspired by Bal Thackeray, told mediapersons: “We will ask the current CM to curb black money and ensure affordable houses in Mumbai, so that the Marathi manoos [forced to move out because of expensive houses] can buy them and come back.”
Khadse ridiculed Kadam, who he said no one takes seriously. “I have noticed the public at large doesn’t take Kadam’s comment too seriously. We also don’t and his comments should be looked upon for entertainment value at the most.” He also pointed out Kadam should remember he is a member of Fadnavis’ cabinet.
Meanwhile, the younger Thackeray’s tweet-fight with Shelar began when he attacked the BJP-led Centre for its decision to replace the street lights with light emitting diode (LED) at the Marine Drive. “Just passed Marine Drive. The white lights have stolen the Necklace of its charm. Reckless decision,” (sic) Aaditya tweeted.
“The point is those who’ve taken decision of these new lights, do they love Mumbai? Respect local self govts?”, he added.
When Shelar pointed put new technology could be ‘charming’, the Thackeray scion said: “Agreed. But But Local Self Govts’ voice needs to be heard. Change cannot be thrust on them. As NDA, we have considered CMs’ voices for Neeti Ayog, why not local councils for Street Lights? Cannot kill democracy”.
In his rejoinder, Shelar, without naming Aaditya, tweeted, “Having patience & adequate information is important for reacting meaningfully. Voices in a democracy become more credible when that is done.”