Bhartiya Janata Party’s ally Shiv Sena leaves no chance to take a dig at its leadership. This time, Uddhav Thackrey-headed party has questioned large crowd attendance at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ralllies. In an editorial mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, Sena citing a statement by Maharashtra Minister Rajkumar Badole, questioned BJP about use of money in PM Modi’s public adresses.
Sena said, “Badole has tried to clarify his remarks by saying that he did not speak about Marathas in particular but was only talking about the general situation in rallies. If that is true, then what about Amit Shah’s rallies, where he is sweating it out to bring in crowds as part of his UP poll campaign?”
“What about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attracts large crowds at his gathering? BJP should clarify if these leaders pay money to people,” Sena asked. Badole, in wake of recent Maratha protests, had said that people who have more money stage protests draw huge crowds at rallies. Sena, criticising Badole’s remark, said that the leader has done injustice to Maratha community. Sena said that success of Maratha rallies lies with discipline, making proper use of the media, good administrators and their anger towards the dispensation.
“Ministers in the BJP-led state government instead of making such comments should rather focus on the reasons for which the community was forced to demand reservations,” Sena said.