January 30, 2023

File picture from Uddhav Thackeray and PM Modi assembly on Maratha quota.


The risk of a patch-up between the Shiv Sena and the BJP in Maharashtra has gained energy over a collection of occasions together with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s direct assault on ally Congress, simply days after his assembly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After a pointy and public row over Congress chief Nana Patole’s feedback about going it alone within the subsequent meeting election, the Shiv Sena in addition to the Congress have denied any menace to the Maha Vikas Aghadi Government in Maharashtra.

“Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP stand united, we are committed to run the government for five years. Outsiders who want to form government and are restless after losing power may try, but the government will continue. Attempts may be made to create cracks between the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena but it won’t work,” Sena chief Sanjay Raut, informed information company ANI at this time.

Nana Patole additionally mentioned on Sunday that his get together would again Uddhav Thackeray with all its would possibly till he accomplished his time period. He additionally mentioned there won’t be any downside from Congress to the state authorities.

“Our leader Sonia Gandhi’s stand to be a part of the MVA was to prevent the BJP from coming to power. However, it had no mention that we are permanent in alliance (to fight elections),” he mentioned.

“The Congress stands strong with Uddhav Thackeray with all its might for all five years. There won’t be any problem (to the alliance) from the Congress. Our leader Soniaji has already given that assurance and as a state president, I am also of the same opinion,” he mentioned.

On Saturday, Uddhav Thackeray took a pointy swipe on the Congress, his ally since 2019, when the Shiv Sena broke up with the BJP and shaped a coalition with the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress to take energy in Maharashtra.

“If we do not offer solutions to people’s problems but only talked about going it alone in politics, people will beat us with chappals. They will not listen to our party-centric, ambitious talk of contesting elections alone,” Mr Thackeray mentioned at a celebration gathering on the Shiv Sena basis day.

Mr Thackeray didn’t title the Congress however was clearly referring to Mr Patole’s feedback.

“Sena is not desperate for power….we will not unnecessarily carry others’ burden. We will always take a firm stand to protect the interests of common man. Even we can give a call for contesting elections without alliance,” Mr Thackeray mentioned.

The Sena chief didn’t as soon as assault the BJP, which was telling after his assembly with PM Modi on June 8.

Officially, that assembly in Delhi was on the demand for Maratha quota and Mr Thackeray’s enchantment for the Centre’s assist after it was struck down by the Supreme Court.

What was seen with curiosity, nonetheless, was a one-on-one assembly between the 2 at Mr Thackeray’s request.

Just two days after that assembly, Sena chief Sanjay Raut’s feedback on the Prime Minister had been remarkably completely different from his typical assaults.

Responding to a query on media experiences that the RSS had suggested the BJP to make use of native leaders as an alternative of PM Modi as their face in state polls, Mr Raut had mentioned: “I don’t want to comment on it. There is no official statement on it. BJP owes its success in the last seven years to Modi. At present, Modi is still the tallest leader of the country and BJP.”

Adding to a different layer to those developments, Shiv Sena MLA Prateep Sarnaik on Sunday urged his get together to group up with the BJP once more simply to avoid wasting its leaders from being harassed by central investigation businesses.

“It is better to join hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi again as Shiv Sainiks feel that would save the Sena leaders…from problems,” he mentioned in a letter to Uddhav Thackeray.

Mr Sarnaik additionally mentioned the previous allies should patch up “before it is too late”, particularly for upcoming company elections, together with these in Mumbai and Thane.

Though the BJP and the Sena are usually not allies anymore, he mentioned, their senior leaders have good relations and that “we should make use of this”.

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