Mumbai, Apr 24: Shiv Sena on Monday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day after he ordered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to not to speak “out of turn” on incidents taking place in society. In the editorial of its mouthpiece Saamana newspaper, Shiv Sena such warnings from the prime minister turn futile as BJP leaders often say whatever comes to their minds.

“PM Narendra Modi has been asking BJP MLAs and MPs to not to speak “out of turn”, but these warnings are falling on deaf ears. BJP leaders make public statements on whatever comes to their minds,” Shiv Sena wrote in Saamana. The editorial went on to state that BJP leaders have learned this skill of ‘speaking on everything’ from none other than PM Narendra Modi.

Citing the recent example of BJP minister Santosh Gangwar, who stepped into controversy, saying one “should not make such a big deal”  if “one or two such cases are reported” from such a huge country, Shiv Sena asked why the minister has not been sacked. “During 26/11 Mumbai attacks, then state home minister R R Patil made a similar statement and he had to resign following fierce criticism,” Shiv Sena said.

“Santosh Gangwar has committed a bigger crime but he is still sticking to the post of minister,” the BJP ally said. Referring to PM Modi’s remark during an interaction with BJP lawmakers, Sena said since 2014 Narendra Modi has been giving masala to media and public.

“We make mistakes and give ‘masala‘ to the media… as if we are great social scientists and experts to analyse issues…  the moment you see a camera you start speaking. So this half-baked stuff is picked up,” Modi had told BJP leaders on Sunday.