New Delhi: Not missing an opportunity to mock the BJP, its estranged ally Shiv Sena on Monday ridiculed BJP national president Amit Shah’s claim that the party will win at least 43 seats out of 48 in Maharashtra, in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

Addressing a gathering of the BJP’s booth-level workers from Pune, Baramati and Shirur Lok Sabha constituencies, Amit Shah on Saturday had exuded confidence that the BJP alliance will outperform Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and Sharad Pawar-led NCP in Maharashtra, including the Baramati constituency, an NCP citadel.

The Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ on Monday attacked these claims and asked how the BJP could make such tall claims when the situation on ground is completely opposite.

Maharashtra accounts for the second highest number of 48 Lok Sabha seats in the country after Uttar Pradesh, which has 80.

According to a PTI report, the editorial in Saamna read, “The BJP-led government tried to crush the agitation of farmers’ daughters in Ahmednagar. There are no good returns for onion growers and milk producers. Teachers are agitating over their demand for filling 24,000 vacant posts in government-run schools, while over 1,000 children have died in state-run shelter homes in last four years… The government has no solution for these issues, but is sure of winning 43 Lok Sabha

Apart from this, the Sena also raised its demand for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya and lashed out at the BJP over it.

“If the BJP has electronic voting machines (EVMs) and over-confidence on its side, it can win all 48 seats in Maharashtra,” the Marathi daily taunted.

“The BJP’s lotus can bloom even in London and the US, but it should tell why Ram temple has not been constructed so far,” it asked.