Shiv Sena has stabbed BJP in the back: Maharashtra CM at Dahanu rally
The CM’s reaction comes after Shiv Sena decided to give a ticket to Srinivas Wanga, son of late BJP Palghar MP Chintaman Wanga, whose death in January necessitated the pollUpdated: May 21, 2018 00:22 IST
Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis came down heavily on alliance partner Shiv Sena, stating that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party had stabbed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the back. Fadnavis made the comments while campaigning for BJP candidate Rajendra Gavit in Kasa, Dahanu, on Sunday. Gavit would be contesting the bypoll for Palghar Lok Sabha, to be held on May 28.
The CM’s reaction comes after Shiv Sena decided to give a ticket to Srinivas Wanga, son of late BJP Palghar MP Chintaman Wanga, whose death in January necessitated the poll.
“On May 1, I met Uddhav and Industries minister Subhash Desai. They both assured me that they would support the candidate which the BJP would field. On May 3, however, Sena decided to give a ticket to Srinivas. They broke their promise,” the CM said.
“I do not blame Srinivas for what has happened. But Uddhav should have told Srinivas that he would give Srinivas a ticket only after discussing with BJP. Instead, Uddhav hid Srinivas for two days in Palghar and on 14 May, made him file nomination from the Sena,” said Fadnavis.
Fadnavis said when Krishna Ghoda, Sena MLA from Palghar had died in May 2015, BJP decided to not contest the bypoll and supported Sena candidate and Ghoda’s son, Amit.
“I had even campaigned for Amit Ghoda in Palghar. So it was expected of Sena to reciprocate and support us.”
Meanwhile, Chinataman’s wife, Jayshri, has complained against BJP to Returning Officer of Palghar for misuse of her husband’s images in their campaign. She alleged the BJP did not take the family’s NOC to use Chintaman’s photos and that they were trying to garner sympathy from voters by using his photos.
First Published: May 21, 2018 00:21 IST