State BJP attacks Shiv Sena for anti-Modi tirade

Ashish Shelar asks the party to set its house, i.e. the BMC, in order and address the city’s infrastructure woes

The slugfest between ruling partners Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena continues. Reacting to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s attack on PM Narendra Modi over his meeting with the Pakistani PM in Russia, the BJP said on Saturday that the Sena president’s reaction was premature, and instead of making such statements, Thackeray should work towards bettering the city’s infrastructure, prevent monsoon-related diseases and also check rampant corruption in the Sena-led BMC.

STOP IT, PLEASE: Instead of commenting on Modi’s meeting with Pak PM Nawaz Sharif, it would be better if the Sena investigates corrupt practices of BMC contractors, Ashish Shelar said. FILE PIC
STOP IT, PLEASE: Instead of commenting on Modi’s meeting with Pak PM Nawaz Sharif, it would be better if the Sena investigates corrupt practices of BMC contractors, Ashish Shelar said. File Pic

Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar said, “The city is dogged by serious issues. The Sena should focus on those.”

“Instead of making comments on the PM’s meeting with Nawaz Sharif and mulling over international affairs, it will be better if the Sena investigates the corrupt practices of BMC contractors. The Sena should expose them through probes,” said Shelar, without naming Thackeray.

Shelar wanted the Sena to resolve issues such as blocked nullahs and leptospirosis.

Mind your business
The retaliation is expected to anger the ally further. After reducing Sena’s political strength in the last Vidhan Sabha polls, the BJP has taken pride in saying that the people had favoured a national party to lead their government in Maharashtra, instead of a state-level party like the Sena.

On Friday, after BJP president Amit Shah’s appeal to party workers to enable BJP to do away with allies, Thackeray challenged Modi to teach Pakistan a lesson instead of fostering a dialogue with its premier, and suggested that the BJP-led governments in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh were corrupt.

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