Shiv Sena and BJP in Maharashtra may part ways soon. Speaking to media after his party’s meet today, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the party will soon take a decision on its alliance with the BJP. “Whether we will stay in government or withdraw will be decided soon,” Raut was quoted as saying by ANI. Raut pointed out that his party can’t share the blame with BJP for government’s failure. “Unprecedented price rise, farmer issues unresolved. We are not responsible and don’t want to share the blame, (sic)” Raut said. Earlier, a controversy had erupted after Raut claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had offered NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule a berth in his cabinet. In a signed article in the Sena mouthpiece `Saamana’, Raut, also the editor of the newspaper, recalled that during a meeting with Pawar, he had asked about media reports that Pawar would be joining the Modi cabinet. “Pawar told me there is no truth to media reports. He described such reports as height of stupidity,” Raut wrote.
“Rumours are being spread about my party. Modi had once told me he wanted Supriya in his cabinet. Supriya, who was present at that meeting, told Modi that she would be the last person to join the BJP,” Raut claimed Pawar as saying. Shiv Sena has been very critical of the policies adopted by Narendra Modi government. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party recently questioned the feasibility of the bullet train project at a time when there is a “marathon among trains to get derailed” and called for learning the formula of safe and clean travel from Japan, PTI reported. Also, it had described the recent rejig of the Union council of ministers as a political necessity. The party said that Modi government’s experiments are continuing even after three years of rule.
Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece Saamna, had said that people were still waiting for ‘achhe din’. Stating that allotment of portfolios was BJP’s internal affair, the editorial added, “… we cannot keep quiet as this has a bearing on national security and the country’s development”. “Modi government has completed three years but experiments are still on in the ministry. People are still waiting for the miracle of `achhe din’,” it said.