The BJP bid to organise a ‘Marathi dandiya’ in Mumbai this Navratri, the Shiv Sena said that the Sena’s foundation won’t move an inch despite the BJP’s attempts to woo Marathi voters.
In an editorial in Saamna, the Sena mouthpiece, the party said that over the last 50 years, the BJP had tried many such ‘dandiya experiments’, but they were never successful. “The structure of Shiv Sena set up by the Shiv Sena chief still stands on a strong foundation. It will not budge an inch because of BJP’s Marathi dandiya,” the Sena said in the editorial. “BJP is playing many tricks and disguises to pull down the ‘saffron flag’ from BMC.
Their policy is to divide Marathi people on one side and on the other, to separate communities by taking up issues like vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism. Shiv Sena is the glue of Marathi unity, the pride of Hindutva,” Saamna wrote To take on the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena ahead of the BMC polls due later this year, the Mumbai BJP has for the first time organised a ‘Marathi dandiya’ festival in central Mumbai’s Lalbaug-Parel areas.
This is the first time BJP is organising a Navratri festival in Sena- dominated central Mumbai area where the local MLAs, MP and almost all BMC corporators are from the Sena. Meanwhile, Nirav Barot, son of late BJP corporator Dr Ram Barot from the western suburbs, joined Shiv Sena on Tuesday in the presence of Uddhav Thackeray.
Ram Barot, a former deputy mayor, passed away last year. He had been a six-time corporator from 1992. In 2014, Ram Barot had also contested the MLA’s seat from Malad but lost by around 2,000 votes