Sena threatens to withdraw support if BJP continues to be arrogant

Maharashtra: BJP’s relationship with ally Shiv Sena appears to be turning increasingly bitter with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray threatening to withdraw its support to NDA.

Sena Minister Eknath Shinde, who holds Public Undertaking portfolio, made the offer to resign at a civic poll rally in Kalyan after the Sena chief lashed out at Fadnavis.

Thackeray warned that if the “BJP continues its arrogance” Sena will not hesitate to pull out of the alliance. As soon as Thackeray finished his speech, Shinde rushed to his leader who was present on the stage saying that he was quitting as he could no longer suffer the “humiliation” being meted out to Sena cadres by BJP which was “misusing” official machinery.

“Will walk out if BJP continues to be arrogant”, said Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray.

Thackeray, however, rejected the offer saying he would not allow Shinde alone to leave the ministry and if necessary the party will take a collective decision.

Reacting to Shinde’s open offer to quit his cabinet, Fadnavis, who was also campaigning for his party in a nearby area, dubbed it as “drama”. “We have seen on television a cabinet minister making allegations and offering resignation. This is nautanki (drama),” Fadnavis said.

The BJP-Sena slanging match has become shriller after the two parties decided to contest separately the polls to Kalyan Dombivili Municipal Corporation, going to vote on November 1. Taking a cue from his leader, Shinde made an emotional speech saying he could no longer tolerate the humiliation being heaped upon Sena workers and he was submitting his resignation.

He then walked upto Thackery and submitted his resignation and urged him to accept it. Shinde said he rose from the party ranks and cannot tolerate his Sena cadres suffer. “I agree with the views of Shinde and would like to warn the chief minister that enough is enough and we are losing our patience on the misuse of government machinery at every stage. They (BJP) clearly see their defeat and hence make use of all kinds of methods to crush us,” Thackeray said.

Even as the Devendra Fadnavis government completes a year in office, the partnership between BJP and its oldest ideological ally Shiv Sena is at an all-time low, raising a question mark over the political stability of the regime.

Shiv Sena joined the government in December 2014 and since then has relentlessly been attacking the policies and approaches of the ministry through its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ on various issues.