The BJP is reportedly trying to make a distance from its principal ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, and it was very obvious in Nashik rally where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a gathering on the occasion of concluding ceremony of the “Mahajanadesh Yatra” of the state BJP on Thursday.
The Prime Minister Modi in his public address in Nashik talked of many things, but what was more noteworthy was what he did not talk about Shiv Sena or its chief Uddhav Thackeray. And that has upset the Sena to no end.
An upset Uddhav held a closed door talks with his party leaders on Friday. What must have certainly upset the Sena chief is the way Modi treated the party, in a way setting tone for the Assembly polls in Maharashtra.
In his 50-minute long address, the prime minister did not refer to Sena even once. During his speech, his several references to Maharashtra government were “BJP government”. Not once did the PM utter the words ‘alliance partner’ or ‘alliance government’ or ‘Shiv Sena’. The BJP and Sena together rule the state.
Not just that, the one reference to Ram Mandir was to chide the Shiv Sena. A few days ago, Uddhav Thackeray had appealed to the government to intervene for an ordinance to build Ram Mandir.
On Thursday, while speaking at the rally, the PM Modi referred to the party as ‘motor-mouths’, chided them for not understanding the judiciary and appealed to them to have faith in the country’s Constitution.
Just hours ago, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said that neither Ram Mandir, nor Aarey will be the deciding factors for the alliance talks in the state.
This is also a clear indication that the BJP is not in much of a mood to bend. This has given that the seat-sharing of both the saffron parties is now a distance reality.
Even if there is a compromise on seat sharing, the Sena would certainly be in receiving end!