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Shiv Sena criticises BJP for Pak ceasefire violations, fuel prices, as Modi govt completes 4 years

Issues that plagued India during the previous Congress government have not been resolved, the BJP’s ally said in an editorila in ‘Saamana’.

mumbai Updated: May 28, 2018 09:42 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swapnil Rawal
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Maharashtra,Modi govt completes 4 years
Ties between the two saffron parties are at an all-time low, and the Sena has said it will not ally with the BJP in the upcoming polls.(HT File Photo)

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) central government complete four years in office today, the Shiv Sena on Saturday criticised its ally for failing to control fuel prices, its inability to end Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and the continuing ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC) during this period.

Issues that plagued the nation during the previous government have continued to do so in the last four years, the Sena said in an editortial in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party is a key constituent of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre and a junior partner in the Maharashtra government. However, ties between the two saffron parties have hit an all-time low, and the Sena has stated that it will not ally with the BJP in the future polls.

There have been more than 2,000 ceasefire violations by Pakistan during the BJP’s regime, it pointed out. “The government has failed to control Pakistan, terrorism and the rising prices of petrol and diesel. What happened during the previous government is still happening. While campaigning in 2014, the current prime minister had asked what stops the government from controlling terrorism and rising fuel prices. Now, the people of the country are asking him the same question: what is stopping you from controlling the situation,” the editorial in the Marathi daily said.

On the one hand, fuel prices risen for 11 consecutive days, while on the other hand, for 10 consecutive days Pakistan has violated the ceasefire in Kashmir. Attacking the PM, the editorial said: “Those who were talking about giving a befitting reply to Pakistan during the previous Congress government are now in power. Despite that, Pakistan is repeatedly violating ceasefire and killing and injuring our innocent people.” The Sena also criticised the Centre’s decision of unilateral ceasefire in the month of Ramzan, and said India “has not learnt its lessons from past experiences”.

First Published: May 26, 2018 15:08 IST