Free Press Journal

Shiv Sena, BJP spar over relief work for rain-soaked Mumbai


Mumbai: Even as yesterday’s torrential rains wreaked havoc in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena, which controls the city civic body, today accused the BJP, its alliance partner in the state government, of taking “undue credit” for the relief work being carried out by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.

A Yuva Sena functionary has tweeted a photo claiming that the BJP has “photoshopped” the Sena’s name to take “undue credit” for the relief work being done by his party.

Also Read: Brought to knees by rains, Mumbai getting back to its feet

Responding to the tweet posted by Yuva Sena social media consultant Sagar Pardeshi, the youth wing president and Thackeray’s son Aaditya asked the BJP to stop such activities and concentrate on relief work instead.

“Disgusting. 1) Stop photoshopping other help with your logo. 2) Take all credit bt assist ppl. Credit games fr politics isn’t everything,” Aaditya tweeted.

“It’s not the time for branding, especially through Photoshop and social media. It’s time to get down and assist people,” he added.

Responding to Aaditya’s allegations, BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said such comments are only worth neglecting.

“The party would not like to respond to such allegations,” he said.

Meanwhile, joining the blame game over the rain woes, NCP leader Dhananjay Munde said the BJP and Sena are jointly responsible for “allowing Mumbai to sink”.

Also Read: BMC gets down to restoring order in rain-ravaged Mumbai

“Uddhav Thackeray had assured that the city would not get water logged this monsoon. What happened to his tall claims? Where has all the thousands of crores spent on desilting works gone?” he asked.

“None of these parties have actually helped people. It is the citizens who came to the rescue of their fellow citizens at the time of the need,” the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council said.

Munde demanded a probe by a retired judge of the High Court into “thousands of crores” spent on desilting nullahs in the city.