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BJP-Sena-Congress: A love-hate triangle on Valentine’s Day

BJP minister alleges secret pact between Sena-Congress on 50 seats; Congress rubbishes allegations calling it an outcome of bickering between ‘not so happily married’ parties

mumbai Updated: Feb 15, 2017 10:30 IST
Surendra Gangan
Surendra Gangan
Hindustan Times
BJP,Shiv Sena,Congress
With a week to go for the BMC elections, slugfest between political parties is escalating with each passing day. (HT )

As political atmosphere in Mumbai heats up, how can the Valentine’s Day escape the attention of the warring parties?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chose the occasion to allege ‘electoral adjustments’ between the Congress and Shiv Sena. Senior BJP leader and education minister Vinod Tawde claimed that there was an understanding between the two parties on 50 seats for the BMC elections.

“They exchanged the ‘Valentine’s Day gifts’ from each other by fighting the poll in a friendly manner on 10 seats of strong Sena contention and 40 seats where Congress is powerful,” Tawde said.

He also took a dig at Sena and alleged that it has changed its stand of opposing the Valentine’s Day and now exchanging ‘Valentine’s Day gift’ with political rivals.

Countering Tawade’s allegations, the Congress said that after the break-up of ‘25 years of marriage’ between the two saffron parties, BJP was trying to link Congress with Shiv Sena and that it did not need such favours.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam tweeted, “BJP is married with Shiv Sena for 25 years, though not very happily. Now it is asking us to celebrate Valentine Day with her (Sena). No thanks..”

Also read: BMC polls: Parties fight for a piece of Mumbai’s diverse pie

First Published: Feb 15, 2017 10:30 IST