New Delhi: Reacting to Amit Shah’s claim that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was capable of thrashing even erstwhile allies in the coming elections, Maharashtra Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Jayant Patil dared Shiv Sena to walk out of the state government.
Directing his dare at Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Patil said on Thursday, “The president of the other party (BJP) talks about plonking you down. If you have (late Shiv Sena founder) Balasaheb Thackeray’s blood running in your veins, show the courage to walk out of the state Cabinet tomorrow morning.”
Speaking on the possibility of new alliances ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP chief had said last Sunday that if current alliances didn’t continue, his party will “plonk down” (defeat) its former allies too. He had said that if an alliance happened, the BJP will ensure victory for its allies, but if it did not, the party will thrash its former allies.
Asking Thackeray to show some courage, Patil also claimed that while the Sena keeps attacking the BJP, its chief meets Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Speaking of the reported meeting that took place two days ago, Patil sought to know what both the leaders discussed.
Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity was going downhill with each passing day, Patil said there was “no wave” in the country now. He said, “We have launched this Parivartan Yatra campaign to rid the country and state of the BJP.”
Patil’s ire towards both Shiv Sena and BJP came out during a rally in the state which was also addressed by senior leaders Chhagan Bhujbal, Ajit Pawar and Dhananjay Munde among others. During the rally, Pawar hit out at the Centre over the 10 per cent quota to the economically backward section in the general category.
Like Patil, former deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal, who was earlier with the Shiv Sena, also invoked Sena founder Bal Thackeray. He said, “If Balasaheb was still alive, he’d have kicked Amit Shah in such a way that he wouldn’t have dared to ever come to Mumbai.”
Senior Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam had threatened to “bury” the BJP following Shah’s remark. “They (BJP) have already lost elections miserably in five states. Don’t come to Maharashtra and threaten us or we will bury you. Don’t forget that we won 63 seats despite the (Modi) wave,” Kadam had said.
The Shiv Sena, though part of the NDA, has been a regular critic of the BJP.