Saffron parties have betrayed voters but they are smart enough to know the truth says Vikhe-Patil and Dhananjay Munde.
A day after BJP withdrew itself from the Mayor poll contest and extended support to Shiv Sena, leader of the opposition in the state assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde took potshots at both the parties and said that they have taken voters for a ride. According to Vikhe-Patil people have now understood the true face of these parties. He said that both the parties have a tendency to break the alliance ahead of crucial elections and contest polls separately but when they are unable to get mandate they come together.
“Before the BMC election Shiv Sena had threatened to withdraw support to the Fadnavis government as many legislators had also announced that they will tender their resignations. Where are the resignations? Thus, the parties have celebrated April Fool in March itself. Sena and BJP are like Kauravas and one is Duryodhana and the other is Dushasana. They are also using Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s name for deriving political mileage,” said Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil.
“The government is following anti-farmer policies and is favouring businessmen. Farmers had to suffer a lot due to demonetisation policy announced by the Modi government as many of them had committed suicides due to increasing debt. We will ask the government to waive off farmer’s loan,” he added.
Vikhe-Patil also attacked the BJP for suddenly changing its stand over Sena. He said, “Why have they softened their stand against Sena. Earlier even BJP was planning to install its Mayor in the BMC. Now, they are hungry for power hence they are supporting Sena.”
“We won’t bring a no-confidence motion against the government but will keep a close watch on their functioning. The government has not fulfilled its promises pertaining to granting reservations to Maratha community. There are irregularities in the implementation of the government’s Jalyukt Shivar project,” he added.
Both Congress and NCP had boycotted the tea party which is held on the eve of budget session.
Dhananjay Munde said, “We will try to remind people about the attacks made by Sena and BJP against each other before the civic body election. We have also started a campaign with hashtag #DoYouRemember aimed at cornering both the Sena and BJP. The manner in which both parties were targeting each other people felt that Sena will quit the government. However, they have resolved their differences and come together again. They had adopted similar strategy ahead of 2014 state assembly polls and Kalyan-Dombivali municipal corporation election but later they patched up.”
“With CM Fadnavis paving way for Shiv Sena mayor in the BMC… it is nothing but engaging into some kind of arrangement with the party (Sena). It is the same party with which BJP was fighting fiercely a few weeks back,” he added.