Mumbai : Close on the heels of senior leaders of the BJP rushing to pacify the Shiv Sena, the party mouthpiece Saamna has lambasted the BJP for attempting to tango with the MNS. The Saamna editorial which is authored by party spokesperson Sanjay Raut and approved by party chief Uddhav Thackeray has derided the BJP like never before.
The editorial lamented that BJP while being in alliance with one party, it was secretly trying to broker a political deal with another party. The Shiv Sena through the editorial advised the BJP to follow the alliance dharma, which the Sena has always done.
The Sena reminded the BJP that in 1996, Shankarsinh Vaghela rebelled against the BJP in Gujarat and approached Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb (Thackeray) to be inducted in Shiv Sena. “Vaghela gave the irresistible offer to establishing Shiv Sena in Gujarat. However, Balasaheb not only rejected the offer he also rebuked Vaghela for splitting the party,” said the editorial. This paved the way for Narendra Modi to become the CM of Gujarat. “Modi’s rise in Gujarat was possible because Bal Thackeray stuck to the dharma of alliance and did not align with Vaghela. The BJP leaders who tried to reach out to the Sena deserters should read this history,” the editorial said.
Sena used the editorial to further criticise the BJP which according to it has adopted a new policy of not adhering to coalition dharma and cited several instances. BJP did not consult ally Kuldeep Bishnoi in Haryana while getting Om Prakash Chauthala-led Bharatiya Lok Dal into NDA fold. Similarly, BJP also did not take Chandrababu Naidu into confidence while inducting NT Rama Rao’s daughter who was a Congress minister till recently. The Sena said that BJP wanted to make Modi as the PM then it needs to create an atmosphere of trust among its allies.
It warned that the swelling resulting from the BJP’s deal with MNS has been soothed by the balm applied by senior leaders of the BJP including Modi, Rajnath Singh and Rajiv Pratap Rudy. Giving an ultimatum editorial said Sena was capable of fighting its own battles. “If you sidestep and betray friends who have stood by you through thick and thin, you will be self-inflicting the label of betrayal,” editorial said.
Meanwhile former state BJP president Sudhir Mungantiwar retorted to the Saamna editorial by saying that Sena employed double standards with respect to the MNS. “In Thane and Ambernath it was ok for Sena to take support of MNS in the civic body. Then why it has problem when BJP seeks help from MNS,” said Mungantiwar.