The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continues to face mounting pressure from its staunchest ally, the Uddhav Thackeray led Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena has been upset with the BJP’s efforts to tie up with the Maharashtra Navrnirman Sena.
In a hard hitting editorial today in the Saamna, mouth piece of the party, Uddhav Thackeray asked the BJP to follow the “dharma” of the alliance and mentioned how his father, the late Balasaheb had rejected the offer of forming a Shiv Sena government in Gujarat when Shakarsinh Waghela had rebelled against the BJP in 1996.
He went on to say, that Narendra Modi could rise in Gujarat, only because Balasaheb had stuck to the dharma of the alliance and had not aligned with a rebel. The BJP leaders who are trying to tie up with Sena deserters should read the history of the alliance before playing such tricks.
The editorial said, “Our ideology of Hindutva is not to gain power. We don’t don the garb of Hindutva in hunger for power and there is no room for betrayal in Hindutva. Our ideology is Hindutva and will continue to be so irrespective of anyone being with us or not.”
“If you sidestep and betray friends who have stood by you through thick and thin, you will be self-inflicting the label of betrayal…. The party is hitting its head against the wall and has hurt itself in the process. BJP should invoke provisions of the Domestic Violence Act to treat their self-inflicted injuries. After being told by us, Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Rajiv Pratap Rudy have applied ‘zandu balm’, but what is the guarantee that there will be no domestic violence again,” added the editorial.
The Shiv Sena is clearly unhappy with the recent events in the NDA and the BJP and has not minced words in its latest attack. Openly attacking the BJP’s decision to bring back Yeddurappa and Vinod Sharma the father of Manu Sharma has left the Shiv Sena talking of breaking up with the BJP.
If the Sena does indeed break up with the BJP, the BJP will find it hard to conquer Maharashtra with the elections up ahead in a just a few months. What’s the BJP going to do next?