Sena again attacks BJP over Puducherry development


Mumbai : Perturbed over the political developments in Puducherry where the Congress lost its ground after its several members resigned from the party, the Shiv Sena now attacked its old ally, the BJP for suspecting such a move in Maharashtra.

The Puducherry chief minister Narayanasamy had resigned on February 22 ahead of a floor test after his government lost the majority in the 33-member House following the resignations of five Congress and one Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam legislators.

The Sena on Wednesday said that the century-old party seems to be losing its ground. The Sena also evoked the Congress’ fall in Madhya Pradesh last year when Kamal Nath-led government in the state had to resign in March after 22 Congress MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia quit after his resignation.

Anticipating such move in Maharashtra by the BJP, the principal ally of the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi, the Sena alleged that BJP is now also planning to topple the MVA government in Maharashtra while asserting that “Maharashtra is too far.” The Sena heads the MVA government in Maharashtra, of which the NCP and the Congress are constituents. “The BJP will have to counter not just Congress, but also Shiv Sena in Maharashtra,” it said.

Earlier, several BJP leaders, including the former state party chief and now a union minister Raosaheb Danve had exuded confidence of forming government in Maharashtra, asserting that the part has already made preparations for it. The ruling Sena also accused the saffron party of using central agencies to threaten the opposition.

Meanwhile, a day after President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the resignation of Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his council of ministers, the Union Cabinet approved President’s Rule in the Union Territory on Wednesday.

This had led to the century-old party to decide a protest before the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s during his visit in Puducherry. Holding the union government responsible for the fall of the V Narayanasamy-led government, the grand old party will protest the alleged “murder of democracy’ by the Modi government.

The Congress alleged that the BJP-led NDA had nominated three legislators, lured some MLAs and issued threats of a probe by central agencies to topple the government that had completed four and half years in office with DMK’s support. Former Chief Minister Narayanasamy and his erstwhile ministerial colleagues, leaders and workers of the parties in the SDA would participate in the proposed demonstration before the Prime Minister during his visit there.