Shiv Sena has once again send down a veiled warning to its long-time ally BJP. With crucial elections to the Mumbai local body MCGM and nine other civic bodies just under a year away, Shiv Sena in its latest posturing said they will not tolerate any “twisted” alliance deal. Earlier last week, Sena chief Uddhav Thakery had criticised the BJP-led NDA government over the farm distress in drought-hit Marathwada region of Maharashtra.
Ties between the two long-time and once close allies took a hit after Sena snapped ties before 2014 Assembly polls in Maharashtra. Though, Shiv Sena joined BJP after the polls, it has been regularly taking swipes at the latter through its mouthpiece Saamana.
Addressing his party workers on Sunday on the occasion of Sena’s 50th foundation day in Mumbai, Thakery’s remark that he “will not tolerate any twisted alliance deal” evoked strong chorus from the crowd, which said “no alliance, let us contest alone”.
The Sena chief, however, clarified he has no desire to snap alliance but stated that he would leave it to the judgement of the Sainiks – his party workers and leaders.
“25 years of it went in stitching alliance with the BJP,” Udhhav Thakery said talking of Sena’s 50 years in politics, adding “A lion always moves with a pride, but a tiger always moves alone and hunts head-on”.
Taking on the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra over the issue of rising prices of Dal, the Sena chief asked the Chief Minister to “do something to at least bring some relief to common man if not Achche Din”.
Last week, he had seemingly hardened stand against the Central government, of which Shiv Sena is part, over the issue of drought and the resultant agrarian crisis it had triggered.
“Central government is organising various conventions for industrialists under its Make In India programme, but is doing nothing for the welfare of distressed farmers in Marathwada region,” he said at Osmanabad.
Attacking Maharashtra CM as well over the issue, he said not only Sena but other parties too are unhappy over the handling of farmers’ issue by the state government.
Meanwhile, BJP’s senior leadership is view that both the parties should sort out their differences.
Addressing Maharashtra BJP’s executive meeting in the state, Union minister and senior leader Venkaiah Naidu underlined that Shiv Sena was BJP’s “oldest and important” ally.
“Shiv Sena is the oldest and important ally of BJP, and both the parties should discuss their issues within the house (internally) and resolve them mutually and move forward,” he said.