“The entire campaign machinery in Delhi was run under Modi’s name. There was no space for other leaders because of this Anna Hazare has claimed that the defeat in Delhi was Modi’s defeat. We too feel the same,” an editorial in the Sena mouth piece Saamana said.
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray while speaking with the media on Tuesday after the Delhi verdict sound gleeful in the BJPs misery and had claimed suggested that Modi wave had been overriden by a Tsunami.
The edit further asked Modi and the BJP to introspect. “Just as you have taken credit for victories take responsibility for defeats as well. Learn something from this defeat. Nothing is permanent on politics,” the edit stated.
The edit also claimed that it was Maharashtra which had first worked on ebbing the Modi tide. It also claimed that the promises made by the Modi government were yet to be fulfilled.
“Unemployment has not gone down, inflation has not come down, people are still homeless. Promises have not been fulfilled, ” the edit said.
The Sena which has been forced to play second fiddle to the BJP in Maharashtra shares an uneasy relationship with its dominant partner. The party had played a dominant role in the three decade old alliance with the BJP but has now been forced to play second fiddle after the dramatic electoral performances of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah duo.
The Sena leadership which was more comfortable with the older leadership of the BJP seems to be happy with the reverses that the Shah-Modi duo have faced.
Interestingly there is rambling within the Maharashtra government as well with the Sena’s Sanjay Rathod who is a minister of state for revenue stating that he would like to quit his post as he is not being given enough work nor authority by his senior minister Eknath Khadse. Rathod has offered to resign from his post.
Eknath Khadse has meanwhile stated that the Rathod has been given the same power as that of his predecessors.