Fadnavis hits back at Shiv Sena, says lessons on nationalism not needed

In an apparent swipe at Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said the BJP leaders and workers do not need lessons on nationalism as they had been brought up with RSS values.

Addressing couple of election rally in Kalyan where Shiv Sena and BJP are contesting the municipal elections separately, he said, “We are from RSS school.. do not tell us nationalism”.

“You are teaching loyalty. There is no need to give us lessons of nationalism. Our birth itself is from nationalism, By disrupting a couple of meetings one does not become nationalist,” he said in a veiled attack on Shiv Sena.

BJP and Shiv Sena, ruling alliance partners in Maharashtra, are at loggerheads with each other over several issues including cultural and sports ties with Pakistan.

“It was due to the greedy attitude of the rulers, we could not provide basic civic amenities. They have no face to show on the basis of development. They (Sena) cannot show any work done by them,” Fadnavis.

“Cities of Kalyan and Dombivili have suffered due to non-performance of the Sena (Shiv Sena). Give power to BJP in the corporation and I assure you best of development of the city. You give me power, I will covert this into a smart city and I promise,” he added.

Voting for Kalyan-Dombivili civic polls in Thane district will take place on November 1.