Sharpening his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that the Gujarat model is trembling and one hopes it will not collapse in 2019.
Sharpening his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that the Gujarat model is trembling and one hopes it will not collapse in 2019. Endorsing Rahul Gandhi’s view that Gujarat model presented by PM Modi is a PR stunt and hollow, Thackeray hailed Congress President as a ‘bazigar’. This is not the first time that Sena or Uddhav have trained guns on PM Modi and BJP. There has been numerous attacks against PM on an array of issues. It is evident that Sena shares an acrimonious relationship with the BJP despite being a coalition partner. Sena is longtime ally of BJP in National Democratic Alliance (NDA). From time to time Sena has opposed ruling BJP over issues like demonetisation, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and more.
Here are 5 stinging attacks launched by Shiv Sena at BJP:
Following BJP’s win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Shiv Sena said ‘Gujarat model’ of development has been ‘shaken’ after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the Gujarat polls with 99 seats as opposed to its intended target of 150. “Prime Minister evoked Gujarati identity, Pakistan, Hindu-Muslim in his campaigning but nobody talked about the so called development that has taken place in past 22 years,” Sena said in its mouthpiece. Sena also noted that Demonetisation and Goods and Service Tax did not affect BJP in urban centres, but Uddhav Thackeray-led party highlighted that Patidar leader Hardik Patel attracted thousands of people in its rallies, and Congress, along with the young leaders, managed to stop BJP at 99.
Recently, the Shiv Sena has even threatened that it would walk out of the Maharashtra Government within a year, thereby, confirming the imminent end of its years-long alliance with the BJP. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, while addressing a party event in Ahmednagar, said it would come to power on its own in the state. “We will leave the government in a year and will come to power on our own. Party workers should start their preparations from now itself. Political temperatures are high in Maharashtra. I don’t know when elections will be held, but it looks like they’ll be held in a year,” Thackeray said. Earlier in September, the Sena hinted towards parting ways with the BJP in the state, citing it didn’t want to be blamed for people’s suffering due to price hike and other reasons.
The Shiv Sena slammed the Centre on rising inflation rates and said that in the past two months prices rose by almost 4.8 percent. Taking potshots at the Centre, the party in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ said, “Earlier, the Centre boasted about the pros of demonetisation and the GST but now when the inflation rates are rising sky high, they have no answers.” “But we should not forget that the rate at which inflation is rising, it is at the highest in these 15 months. Natural calamities alone cannot be blamed for this issue,” the article read. “The truth is, a common man is still suffering. Someday it’s the prices of vegetables, while the other day it’s daily products or fuel but nonetheless, the Centre is claiming its efficiency in monitoring the country,” the Shiv Sena said. Earlier in October, the editorial claimed that demonetisation was a conspiracy to convert black money into white money, and help the rich get richer.
The Shiv Sena had attacked the Central Government over the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill (FRDI). Shiv Sena in its editorial mouth piece accused the Centre of looting people. “After the Central Government proposed FRDI bill, it has launched a big scare among people as it purportedly allows failing banks to use depositors money to cut losses,” the editorial read.
The Shiv Sena even drew a comparison between the British era and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government stating that both had blind followers who believed their governance to be God’s blessing. “During the British rule, there were people who said that the English rule is God’s blessing. Similarly, now we have people who say the same about Prime Minister Modi. If it rains good, then it is because of the Modi government but when insects ruin crops then no one from the party will own up to the loss,” the Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece Saamna said.