Shiv Sena is not quite happy with BJP and has time and again voiced an opinion on the bullet train project and fuel prices. On Monday, the senior Sena leadership met with the party chief Uddhav Thackeray and passed a joint resolution supporting a proposal to withdraw support from the BJP-led coalition government in the state.
Sena’s Sanjay Raut, MP in the Rajya Sabha, said party chief Uddhav Thackeray will take a decision soon. Thackeray met the party’s legislators and parliamentarians at his residence, Matoshree, to hear out the grouses of the party’s elected representatives and ministers and assess their performance.
“MLAs from rural and urban areas alike have time and again told the party leadership they are unable to get any work done despite being in the government. It is better to snap ties. At some point, the party leadership has to pay heed to these sentiments,” a Sena legislator said.
It is not the first time that the split will happen. Almost three years ago, in October 2014, the Shiv Sena decided to part ways with its natural ally in the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) after 25 years, on the first day of the Navratri.
That breakaway, however, was short-lived as the two reconciled after just 40 days.
In February as well, in the lead-up to the BMC election, Raut had told media persons that the Sena will withdraw support from the Fadnavis government.
Raut lay out several criticisms of the BJP government on Twitter recently:”Petrol and diesel prices have surged, the poor are going through a tough time. The plea for farmers’ loan waivers has also been ignored. The time has come for Shiv Sena to decide on its alliance with BJP government in Maharashtra. So, wait and watch.”
On the other hand, the BJP has not taken the threat of their ally-turned-rival seriously. “We are hearing about this threat only from the press and television media. So, it makes little sense to comment on it,’’ said BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari.