Even though differences exist between Sena and BJP but there is no threat to their coalition as it will survive.
Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar said that even though there were reports about Shiv Sena severing ties with BJP, Sena will continue its alliance with saffron party. Pawar ruled out offering support to BJP if Sena pulls out from the government.
Sharad Pawar said, “Even though differences exist between Sena and BJP but there is no threat to their coalition as it will survive.”
He further said, “At a time when the state is reeling under the drought situation both Shiv Sena and BJP are involved in a game of one-upmanship. Both these parties are challenging each other to quit the government.”
NCP chief clarified that, “If Shiv Sena withdraws its support from the BJP led NDA government in the state then my party will not support BJP here to form a government. We won’t offer inside or outside support to the government.”
Pawar criticised the state government for its failure to ban Sanatan Sanstha. He condemned the stand taken by Shiv Sena to disrupt the Pakistani artists Ghulam Ali concert and former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch event. The NCP president was unhappy with the centre and state government for its failure to provide financial assistance to drought hit farmers. He said that the government is least bothered about resolving the problems faced by farmers as many of them have committed suicide due to crop failure.
According to him, the Food Security Act has not been effectively implemented in the state. He appealed to farmers to refrain from committing suicide. The NCP will organise a rally in the state to create awareness about the drought situation prevailing in the state. He urged everyone to come forward for offering assistance to drought affected farmers. Pawar attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks about the Dadri incident. He said that Modi had cheated the farmers. Pawar said writers have returned the Sahitya Academy Award to protest against a growing climate of intolerance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
“The schemes announced by the state government for providing relief to drought hit farmers exist only on paper. Even though the government had announced that it will pay fees of the farmers’ children but it has not implemented it. Farmers are yet to get benefit out of the crop insurance scheme. We have already urged the state government to waive crop loan of farmers” he added.
The results of the Bihar elections will be very crucial in determining what happens next and how soon. If the BJP loses in Bihar it will give confidence to Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray that the Modi magic has waned and that the BJP will no longer be able to win the same number of seats as it won the last time in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena has decided to go it alone in the forthcoming Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation election and not have any tie-up with the BJP. Shiv Sena is all set to contest all 122 seats alone. The KDMC elections are to be held on November 1.