Citing examples of several states, the Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece on Thursday tried to lay stress on this very fact that the saffron party is not living up to the spirit of coalition with any of its allies. The BJP has however called it a friendly suggestion. (JPN/Bureau)
Drawing a cook analogy of BJP’s party symbol Lotus, the Shiv Sena also said that if the BJP continues to ‘ill-treat’ its allies, who will come to ‘wash hands in Kamlabai’s kitchen’?
The Shiv Sena has also said that the BJP enters into an alliance with a political party but at the same time the saffron outfit starts reaching out to its new ally’s rival.
According to the editorial, in 1996, Gujarat leader Shankar Sinh Vaghela, along with a large contingent of MLAs proposed then Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray to form government in Gujarat. Bal Thackeray not only rejected the proposal but also came down heavily on Vaghela.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javedkar said that he has read the editorial and nothing has been mentioned against the saffron party there. Javedkar said that the party had mentioned a bit about Shiv Sena’s engagement with the BJP and National Democratic Alliance and it was friendly suggestion.
The Shiv Sena’s attempts to build pressure on BJP got an impetus mainly to Gopinath Munde’s internal politics within the party. Munde wants to have a hold on all major decision making affairs related to Maharashtra just like Pramod Mahajan used to have such ‘authority’ during his tenure as party’s national general secretary.
During that period, no outsider was made in-charge of party affairs in Maharashtra. If not that, the party would have given in-charge to such a leader, who had no say before Mahajan.
Munde wants to give a message to the party’s high command that Shiv Sena-BJP alliance can run smoothly only if he has authority in all decision making process of the party.
Munde is now playing politics of his own and by involving Shiv Sena in his scheme of things, he is creating pressure on the saffron party’s leadership.
Citing examples of several states, the Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece on Thursday tried to lay stress on this very fact that the saffron party is not living up to the spirit of coalition with any of its allies. The BJP has however called it a friendly suggestion.