Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant took a jibe at Shiv Sena, BJP and said that both parties are misleading voters by calling off the alliance ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls. According to him, both outfits are fooling people by issuing statements against each other. Sawant is confident that Sena and BJP will have an alliance after the conclusion of BMC polls. He added that Shiv Sena is merely threatening BJP by planning to quit the government. The Congress leader asked why Sena is not stepping down and only issuing statements about withdrawing support to BJP? Recently there were reports about several Sena leaders keeping their resignation letters ready to quit the Fadnavis government. Sawant said that Sena is trying to garner publicity ahead of the civic body election to remain in limelight. The party always criticises the functioning of the BJP government at the centre and state but doesn’t withdraw its support he added. Sawant said that Sena is hungry for power and wants to retain power in the civic body at any cost.
“Sena and BJP had fought the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation election singlehandedly but later they mended their differences and came together. The scenario will be no different after the outcome of BMC polls as they will form alliance after falling short of numbers required for mandate. Thus, both these parties are trying to fool voters but citizens will give a befitting reply to them. Sena and BJP must work for the development of Mumbai and not play with the sentiments of people,” said Sawant.
Sena had severed ties with BJP ahead of the 2014 state assembly polls as the latter emerged as the single largest party. Initially BJP had relied on outside support from NCP but after few months the latter had withdrawn support. Subsequently, Sena officially joined the Fadnavis government in December 2014.
“Both these parties take voters for granted and always try to take them for a ride. However voters are smart and they will teach a lesson to Sena and BJP. Why is Sena not issuing any clarification about the corruption prevailing in the civic body? If the party is keen to go solo in BMC polls why doesn’t it quit the Maharashtra government,” asked Sawant.
Sawant said Sena will bury the hatchet with BJP after civic body polls. He said, “Sena has not undertaken any developmental work and has no results to show to citizens. Therefore the party keeps on attacking BJP for hiding its own failures. After the end of BMC polls both Sena and BJP will reconcile their differences.”