We will respond to Shiv Sena in a manner they understand: BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar
BJP MLA Ashish Shelar on Wednesday took a dig at Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, stating that one needs to have a 56 inch chest to conduct a surgical strike.
The party was responding to Thackeray’s Dussehra speech wherein he had challenged its ruling ally to end their alliance ahead of the BMC polls and face their ‘surgical strike’.
“They (Shiv Sena) should not talk about surgical strikes. For doing that, you need a 56-inch chest. It was only PM Narendra Modi who could get the surgical strike done because it is only he who has a 56-inch chest. You are not capable of it,” BJP Mumbai unit Chief Ashish Shelar told reporters.
The Sena chief had yesterday taken potshots at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, asking him to decide a specific leader in the BJP. He had also dared the BJP to contest the upcoming polls separately if it had the courage.
“Break the alliance and we will show you our surgical strike,” Thackeray had said in an apparent reference to MP Kirit Somaiya’s recent remark that BJP was all set to contest BMC polls independently.
Things took an ugly turn later in the evening when Sena workers disrupted Somaiya’s Dussehra event in Mulund. The Shiv Sainiks arrived at the venue wielding weapons, following which workers from both parties got into a physical altercation.
Shelar further said that the BJP will continue its campaign against the ‘mafia raj’ prevalent in the Sena-ruled MCGM and that the intensity of the party’s agitation against corruption there will only increase henceforth.
“They (Shiv Sena) have started it but we will end it. We will respond in a manner in which they understand. We will not go back in our fight against corruption,” Shelar said.