Sena’s strategy to target Amit Shah may backfire it in civic polls

Shivsena & Amit shah

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday tried to play an emotional card against the BJP and its leader and union home minister Amit Shah. The chief minister and Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray wrote a letter to party workers saying that the Gujarati Home Minister had dared to finish Shiv Sena during his recent visit.

During his recent visit to Konkan, the Amit Shah had accused the Shiv Sena of ditching its founder Bal Thackeray’s principles for forming the government in the state in alliance with the Congress and the NCP. “Uddhav Thackeray and the Shiv Sena have jettisoned all of Balasaheb’s principles by forming an unnatural alliance with the Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra,” Shah said, referring to the constituents of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi or MVA alliance in the state.

Calling the alliance “unholy”, the union home minister had said that the people of Maharashtra had given the mandate for a BJP government led by Fadnavis. Shah had reiterated that the BJP had made no promise to the Shiv Sena regarding sharing of chief minister’s post in the state, an issue which led to the snapping of the alliance between the two close allies.

“We sought votes for the BJP-Sena led by Fadnavis, why didn’t you speak out that time. You just took votes in the name of Modi ji,” Shah said at the Konkan event. Hitting back, the Shiv Sena had mocked Shah for claiming no talks were held behind closed doors on sharing the CM’s post.

However, the Sena didn’t like it and launched a “vicious” campaign against BJP and its leaders, particularly Shah and the former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. “The Shiv Sena openly joined hands with the NCP and the Congress to form a government. However, we would like to know how come the former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis took oath secretly in the morning if the party believed in doing things in broad daylight?” the Sena asked.

Now the question is that if the Sena targets Shah, a Gujarati in this manner whether it will be able to woo the Gujarati voters in the coming civic polls in Mumbai. Gujrati has a seizable population in Mumbai and their votes are deciding factors in any elections.

M Charulata