MUMBAI, 2 June-2014, TNN: A day after MNS president and warring cousin Raj Thackeray announced…
Mumbai(dna): Shiv Sena stepped up its aggressive stance against its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party as party chief Uddhav Thackeray declared his party will withdraw its support in Maharashtra if the BJP continued to act in an arrogant manner. Shiv Sena minister offers resignation at poll rally, Uddhav rejects, but warns Fadnavis.
Uddhav was speaking at an election rally in Kalyan on Friday where the civic polls are going to be held on Sunday. Sena and BJP have decided to go alone in these polls and both have been at loggerheads for more than a year after they split in 2014 assembly polls but grudgingly came together to stake claim for power in Maharashtra.
Sena minister Eknath Shinde offered his resignation as minister to Uddhav at the rally stage which Uddhav promptly rejected and then went onto an offensive against BJP. “Even Indira Gandhi was overthrown by the people. What is your aukaat?,” Thackeray asked at the rally.
He targeted BJP over the skyrocketing prices of pulses and demanded that the prices be lowered before diwali. “You cannot use the government administration as your domestic servant, we will not tolerate this,” he said. If this government continued to act in an arrogant manner, we will seek resignations from all, Uddhav added.
Seems like just days after BJP-Shiv Sena government completed one year in Maharashtra, the alliance has run into hot water.
Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde on Friday publicly tendered his resignation from the government in a rally in presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray. Today was the last day of campaign for the upcoming Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections, where Sena has decided to contest alone. Shinde said that their suggestions are not being taken by the Fadnavis government.
Uddhav Thackeray however refused to accept the resignation.
Reacting to this entire incident, CM Fadnavis said that Sena leaders are just resorting to theatrics to attract attention. From allowing Pakistanis in Maharashtra to beef ban issue, Sena and BJP have been at loggerheads for some time now. However Sena so far has stopped short of pulling the plug from the alliance.