With no clarity yet on seat sharing with old ally Shiv Sena, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday told the alliance partner to find a quick resolution to the impasse while making it clear that there will be no compromise at the cost of self-respect.
Shah said the ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance) needs to stand strong and united to overthrow the 15-year-old Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra, in the upcoming assembly elections.
“But the BJP worker wants resolution (to the alliance seat sharing tangle) with self-respect. There cannot be resolution at the cost of self-respect,” he said.
Shah asked people to “uproot the scam-ridden Congress-NCP” government in Maharashtra to ensure the state’s return to pride and progress.
Congress and NCP have “destroyed” the state during their 15-year regime in the state, Shah said, adding, “If proper investigation is undertaken, all leaders in the state government will go to jail.
“NCP president Sharad Pawar commercialised politics like no other leader in the country. Ajit Pawar (deputy CM) was involved in scams. There were scams after scams in the state,” he alleged.
Shah, who arrived here this morning to a rousing welcome by party workers from Kolhapur and Sangli districts, interacted with them for a while before proceeding to seek blessings at the Karveer Nivasini Mahalaxmi temple.
BJP’s ultimatum to Sena
Setting itself on a confrontation path with its oldest ally, BJP on Thursday gave Shiv Sena an ultimatum to agree on a seat-sharing formula for the coming Assembly elections or face a break down of the alliance.
Having jacked up its demand for contesting 135 of the 288 seats, which has been rejected by Shiv Sena, senior BJP leaders have communicated to Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to decide by this evening whether his party was willing to conform to a “mutual and respectable” seat-sharing formula.
The BJP’s ultimatum comes against the backdrop of party President Amit Shah’s tough talk this morning in Kolhapur in Maharashtra that there will be no compromise at the cost of self-respect.
The party was particularly peeved that Thackeray has not responded to or was not in communication with the BJP leadership ever since the demand for 135 seats was put forth to him.