The Tu Tu Mein Mein between the alliance partners Shiv Sena and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), are seeing going down at least in the experts and political commentators views in the Maharashtra. Some experts and commentators are predicting that the rift is widening between the alliance and this will not be much longer and will break before the Brihammumbai Municipal Corporation election schedule to be held in 2017.
The rift has started with the flooding in Mumbai and fake degree and surfacing of chikki scam has widened it. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray took a swipe at its ally BJP as two of its ministers Vinod Tawde and Pankaja Munde are embroiled in controversies. The Sena chief did not even spare BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar for demanding an inquiry into nullah cleaning in the city. City BJP president Ashish Shelar had said, “Considering the flood-like situation in the city, we have demanded that the BMC hold an inquiry into its nullah cleaning works. If the civic body does not do it, we will ask the chief minister to conduct a probe into it.”
Without naming education minister Vinod Tawde, who was criticised for showing a dodgy engineering degree certificate, Uddhav said it’s a trend in politics. “It’s a trend in politics to show fake degrees. Do what is correct, why run behind false things?” Uddhav said at a book launch held in Dadar.
Sena sourcess said Uddhav’s remarks were also targeted at Union HRD minister Smriti Irani whose fake degree case had reached court.
Uddhav also admitted that corruption allegations against Pankaja were grave but did not comment further on the issue. “Allegations against Pankaja Munde are serious; chief minister will take a decision on it,” he said.
On the other side, following water-logging incidents in the city during the heavy rains on June 19, BMC’s nullah cleaning works have come under the scanner. The opposition has alleged that due to poor de-silting works, flooding took place in the city. The BJP has also joined the Opposition to train its guns on Sena. “The BJP had already made it clear that nullah cleaning works in the city were not satisfactory. It was shown in the discrepancy in figures provided by contractors in silt withdrawn and the weighing receipts,” said Mr. Shelar.
Giving it back to Shelar, Uddhav Thackeray said, “In Ahmedabad also nullahs were not cleaned and people faced waterlogging there as well. This also should be inquired,” he said.
Sena also exuded confidence that it will remain a major force in the state politics and that win or defeat of few Sena legislators will cast no major impact on regional politics.
“The attack and counter attack seems to be widening and this will comes as a result of breakup of the alliance between two parties,” viewed the expert.