New Delhi: Days after a meeting between Congress leaders Sachin Pilot and Rahul Gandhi signalled an amicable resolution of the Rajasthan political crisis, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday said failure of ”Operation Lotus” in Rajasthan was the defeat of “political perversity”. In its editorial mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Sena said that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot performed “an operation on ”Operation Lotus” and taught the BJP a lesson”. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut vs BMC Court Hearing Today: Actor Demands Rs 2 Crore, Civic Body Requests For Dismissal of Petition

Notably, ”Operation Lotus” refers to the alleged attempts by the BJP to engineer defections from other parties. Also Read - Section 144 Imposed in 11 Districts of This State Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases; Social, Religious Gatherings Banned Till Oct 31 | Read Details

“Even in Maharashtra, the early morning operation had failed. At least now, the BJP should learn a lesson. The new date of operation in Maharashtra by some fake doctors is September,” the Sena said in sarcastic comments. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut vs BMC Latest News: Civic Body Asks Court to Dismiss Actor's Plea Demanding Rs 2 cr as Compensation

The Shiv Sena alleged that the BJP is busy trying to destabilise governments in states not run by the party, as if all other issues being faced the country do not exist.

“The coronavirus pandemic is showing no sign of going away, unemployment is growing and the economy is in shambles. Instead of reviving it, the BJP is busy toppling opposition governments. Isn”t this a sign of political mental illness?” it sought to know.

“Like Gabbar Singh of (film) ”Sholay”, a terror of ”Operation Lotus” has been created. But with the operation failing in Rajasthan, it is the defeat of political perversity,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.

With Congress leader Sachin Pilot agreeing to work in the party’s interest after meeting Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Gehlot has saved his government after a month long impasse, the Shiv Sena said.

It further said Pilot proved to be a “weak player against Gehlot”.

“Gehlot did everything to save his government, he used all methods like the BJP when it works to topple other governments,” the Marathi daily said.

(With agency inputs)