The Shiv Sena is all set to walk out of the BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra, because Matoshree is peeved with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on many issues, the latest being the book release of the former Pakistan foreign minister in Mumbai.
Uddhav Thackeray may soon ask Sena ministers in the government to quit, sources said. “Yes, it is likely that we may sever ties with the BJP,” a Sena leader said on 12 October. A section of the Shiv Sena is keen on snapping ties with the BJP, in view of it’s ‘condescending behaviour’, Sena sources said.
Shiv Sena said, “If there are people like Kulkarni, then there is no need for Pakistan to send the likes of Kasab. Kulkarni can do the damage of 100 Kasabs,” in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna, on 13 October.
“Kulkarni proudly showed off his black face and his shamelessness”. By praising Jinnah, he had dug a grave for BJP. Devendra Fadnavis should be careful,” the Sena editorial in Saamna said, referring to Advani facing the anger of his party and its affiliates in 2005 for praising Jinnah.
It may be recalled that, the alliance was on a sticky wicket when PM Narendra Modi expanded his cabinet, once, and next when a seat-sharing formula in Maharashtra Assembly polls could not be reached, resulting in difficulties cropping up between the two parties after a 25-year-old alliance.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena is of the view that BJP’s popularity of the wane in the state and that Shiv Sena may have to pay a price in in coming civic elections. The Sena is upset with Fadnavis than Kulkarni or Kasuri for providing security for the book release function.
Criticising Kulkarni, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut described him as Pakistan’s agent. Raut said the Sena would continue its crusade against Pakistani artistes and cricketers visiting Mumbai. “We will continue to oppose Pakistan as long as it continues to attack India from across the border,” said Raut.
Sharply condemning the paint attack on Kulkarni, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s has stated that “No anti-India propaganda will be tolerated through any such programme and if found so the organisers will be held responsible.”