BJP-Sena alliance immoral, Uddhav betrayed Shiv Sainiks for power: Congress
The Maharashtra Congress has termed the BJP-Shiv Sena pre-poll alliance as unholy and immoral, alleging that it brings together the corrupt and the helpless.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Ashok Chavan launched a verbal attack on the two rival parties after they announced an alliance yesterday, despite months of bickering and taking potshots at each other.
“In the past, Uddhav Thackeray had called Amit Shah ‘Afzal Khan’ and Amit Shah had called Uddhav Thackeray a ‘rat’, and today, ironically, they sat together to announce the alliance,” Chavan told reporters.
The senior Congress leader also called Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s previous claims of not allying with the BJP hollow and bogus.
“During the last Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections, Shiv Sena had released a booklet on corrupt BJP ministers. Today using the paper from the same booklet, Shiv Sena made flowers to welcome Amit Shah in Mumbai. Uddhav Thackeray’s past statements of Shiv Sena not allying with BJP were bogus and hollow,” he said.
Chavan also stated that Shiv Sena had betrayed his party men for power.
“Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has betrayed his party men and compromised their interest. I fully sympathise with Shiv Sainiks who feel cheated by their own party. I am confident that they will work with the Congress Party to dislodge Modi sarkar from the country and this state,” Chavan added.
The saffron parties, who have contested elections together for almost three decades, ended all speculation around their partnership yesterday after they announced a pre-poll alliance in a join press conference yesterday.
Per their arrangement, the Sena will contest 23 seats, and BJP 25 seats of the 48 Lok Sabha seats at stake in the state. In the Assembly elections, they will contest on an equal number of seats.
Earlier this month, the BJP had also claimed that an “alliance of the corrupt” was emerging after several opposition parties, including the Congress, supported West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her protest against the CBI’s move to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar in the multi-crore Saradha scam case.