BJP Shiv Sena in Maharashtra fight over water

Shiv Sena-BJP twitter war over Jalyukta Shivar and Shiv Jalakranti success

Mumbai: The ruling allies in the State government, the Shiv Sena and the BJP, who were engaged in cartoon war on the social media till last week, on Monday switched over to twitter over credit of water conservation efforts of Shivjala Kranti and Jalyukta Shivar programs in Marathwada region.

Earlier in the day Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is away in Allahabad, UP, attending the party’s national executive, twitted and posted photographs of water logged trenches dug in Dudhgaon village of Parbhani district under government’s JalyuktaShivarprogramme. He tweeted “it rained today, glimpses of how water gets accumulated because of JalyuktaShivar works in Dudhgaon village in Parbhani”.

The Sena was not to be left behind as its publicity wing began circulating photographs on social media platform Whatsapp claiming that its Shiv Jalakranti pattern in Parandataluka of Osmanabad district had led to flooding of the Ulfariver. The Sena claimed that the work of destining the Ulfariver and the Shiv Jalkranti works were dedicated by its president Uddhav Thackeray recently. “For the first time the village was cut-off due to flooding and the wells started overflowing. People celebrated Diwali,” it remarked. The Sena claimed that drought had been wiped out and added that it was a success of what it called its Paranda pattern.

It may be recalled that in recent days following the remarks of BJPs minister for housing Prakash Mehta’s that from now on the lions roar will be heard in Mumbai, the Sena launched aposter war depicting a tiger taking a lion by its throat. The BJP then countered it with series of statements by party leader like AshishShelar. This was countered recently by Sena MP Sanjay Raut who, while addressing party cadres in Aurangabad, termed the BJP government as that of erstwhile Nizam rule in the region.

Immediately after Raut’s remarks cartoon were released on the social media, where one depicted the Sena president like a frog. Recently, a prominent RSS media organ Tarun Bharat too jumped in the controversy and countered Sena by asking how come Sena ministers were there in the BJP led government if they are terming it as Nizam’s government. Tarun Bharat even termed the Sena ideology as “opportunistic”.

It argued that the Sena had lost its balance after it was humiliated in the 2014 assembly elections.

The RSS however has clarified that the remarks on Sena in Tarun Bharat was not its official stand.

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