The Shiv Sena has come out strongly against ally BJP over its decision to join hands with the Congress to gain control over the Gondia Zilla Parishad.
“In politics you never know when people will become friends or when friends will work towards tripping each other. Friends of 25 years can become enemies, and enemies from birth can suddenly become friends. This is the magic of power and votes,” an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana said.
The editorial goes on to say that everyone is surprised with the alliance of a “clean party” like BJP with the Congress.
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“It (the alliance) may provide you temporary happiness however the thorns of the action will prick you later,” the editorial said.
The editorial comes in the backdrop of the decision of the Congress and BJP to join hands to gain power in Gondia Zilla Parishad.
Even though the NCP emerged as the main player grabbing 20 seats in the 53-member Zilla Parishad, the Congress which had only 16 seats joined hands with the 17 members of the BJP to gain control of the body.
A Congress nominee was appointed as the president while a BJP nominee is the vice president.
“Taking a decision of this magnitude requires a lot of courage. Our ally has shown that it has the courage. We do not have any doubts that Maharashtra’s problems like unemployment, farmers’ woes will be solved with the blink of an eye,” the editorial said, giving the ruling party a backhanded compliment.
Congress leaders said, “Why should Sena or NCP complain about the local bodies alliances. Shiv Sena had struck alliance with Congress in several local bodies and it still continues.”
In the last elections, NCP betrayed the Congress forging alliance with BJP to isolate the Congress. And Sena also joined hands with Congress to keep BJP away in municipal bodies or Zilla Parishads.