Shiv Sena dismisses reports of Thackeray-Naidu chat, slams BJP for treating allies shabbily

The Andhra CM is said to have called Uddhav Thackeray to discuss matters related to their alliance with the BJP, but Saamana dismissed such reports

mumbai Updated: Feb 05, 2018 13:58 IST
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The editorial in the Marathi daily is seen as a reflection of Uddhav Thackeray’s opinion.(HT File Photo)

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday dismissed news reports that Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu and he discussed the treatment that the Bharatiya Janata Party has been meting out to its alliance partners, through an editorial in ‘Saamana’. However, the party used the opportunity to criticise the BJP over its treatment of its partners.

Naidu reportedly made a phone call to Thackeray on Saturday morning, ahead of an emergency TDP meeting called to decide the party’s future in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The Andhra CM is reportedly upset with the BJP-led Centre for ignoring his state in the Union Budget, presented on February 1.

However, the TDP, which is the BJP’s biggest ally in south India, has decided not to break ties with the saffron party after its Sunday meeting.

In its editorial, the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ criticised the media for false reports, and said that soon there would be reports of other NDA leaders dialling Matoshree, Thackeray’s Bandra residence.

The editorial in the Marathi daily, seen as a reflection of Thackeray’s opinion, also used the opportunity to once again slam its ally, this time over its treatment of its partners. “In politics, there are new and old [allies], but the tactic of projecting old allies as enemies is sickening. We have spoken up against such ill-treatment meted out to us, and now Naidu has too,” it said.

The Sena also said that in politics, there are no permanent friends or opponents. “In politics, there are differences over ideologies, but never personal animosity or enmity. But what is the scenario today?”

The editorial said the TDP and the Sena are very different political parties and that Naidu would decide the political future of his party. “He has our best wishes. If he decides to break the shackles of slavery and work for Telugu pride, he will surely get the support of the people. But he will have to chalk out his own political course,” the editorial said.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 13:51 IST