Budget splits Sena-BJP

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Confused BJP asks whether Shiv Sena is its alliance partner or sitting in the opposition.

Sena-and-BJP-leadBJP is upset with the recurring attacks made on it by its alliance partner Shiv Sena. Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse had made a comment against Sena by asking whether the latter is a part of the alliance or sitting in the opposition. Sena often uses its mouthpiece Saamna to express its displeasure over the functioning of BJP. BJP too has asked Sena to resolve all disputes through dialogue instead of voicing its opinion through media. Both the parties had formed a coordination committee to arrive at a consensus over various issues.

Eknath Khadse said, “We don’t know whether Shiv Sena is our alliance partner or sitting in the opposition. They have a tendency to criticise us everytime through their mouthpiece. Even though the Land Acquisition Bill is farmer friendly but Sena continues to oppose it which is unjustified.”
On the other hand, Shiv Sena is unhappy with the Modi government’s decision to hike service tax in the budget. Sena added that it will only impose additional burden on the common man.

“There are several hopeful things about the budget. But we feel it would have been better if the service tax hike had been avoided,” Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said.

“Also, we feel people should be given relief by reducing petrol and diesel rates to curb inflation,” Gorhe said.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant questioned government’s explanation about the Land Acquisition legislation and said, “When there will be no land left then what is the point of the PM irrigation scheme? The farmers are scared that the government will take away their land. This needs to be addressed. We cannot make farmers unhappy.”

Both Sena and BJP have been at loggerheads over several issues in the recent times. After the Delhi poll defeat, Shiv Sena blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the debacle and wanted him to accept the responsibility for the loss. Sena said the “broom-wielding” AAP reduced the party to “dirt”. At the same time, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis clarified that Sena should be with the party in good and bad times. BJP had warned Shiv Sena that it must quit the government before targeting Modi.

Mumbai BJP Chief Ashish Shelar said, “If you intend to point barbs at Modiji, who is among the tallest leaders of the BJP and the Prime Minister of this country, then do not stay in the government. Have the courage of first leaving power and then point barbs.”

Sena also was unhappy with the BJP’s decision to install white LED lights at Marine Drive which had robbed off the beauty of the Queen’s Necklace. The party added that it will protest against BJP if it worked against the interests of the people of Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray criticised Devendra Fadnavis by saying that he is acting at the behest of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. He also attacked the government for diverting water from the state to Gujarat. He took potshots at Narendra Modi by saying that he is meeting Sharad Pawar whose party NCP is BJP’s political foe. Thackeray also reminded people that Modi had once asked them to free Maharashtra from Sharad Pawar.