BJP’s Gujarat model shaken badly, hope it does not collapse in 2019 elections, says Shiv Sena
In a Saamana editorial, the Sena mocked its ally for putting on airs of passing with distinction when in reality it just cleared the exammumbai Updated: Dec 19, 2017 17:06 IST
A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) narrowest victory, in terms of vote share, in the Assembly elections in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, its ally Shiv Sena said the Gujarat model has been “shaken badly”.
The BJP won 99 seats, considerably lower than its intended target of 150 seats of the total 182 seats in Gujarat Assembly.
On Tuesday, in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena said that the poll results are a warning for the BJP, and that it hoped the BJP does not “collapse in 2019”.
“The BJP won in Gujarat and Himachal, but the Congress was not defeated, and the dream of a ‘Congress-mukt’ India was not realised; this is a strong message to people who think their word is the law,” the editorial in the Marathi daily, seen as Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s opinion, said. “The Gujarat model has been shaken to its roots. We sincerely hope it does not collapse in 2019.”
The Sena also mocked the BJP for putting on airs of passing with “distinction” when in reality it just managed to clear the exam. Though issues such as demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) did not affect the BJP, the Congress, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, and Patidar leader Hardik Patel managed to halt the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah juggernaut at 99.
The ally added that no BJP leader, including the prime minister, ever spoke about development while campaigning; instead the BJP fell back on communal polarisation. “The prime minister evoked Gujarati identity, Pakistan, Hindu-Muslim [equations] in his campaign, but nobody talked about the so-called development that has taken place in the past 22 years,” the editorial pointed out.