The Shiv Sena Wednesday launched a frontal attack on the central and the state government. The party in the morning attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to refrain from maligning the country on foreign soil. Later in the day, it criticised the BJP-led state government saying the present disposition was worse than the administration of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
The party in its mouthpiece Saamana rebuked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for speaking about corruption in the country on foreign soil. “The Prime Minister garnered applause for speaking on how corrupt India is. (He is) maligning the reputation of the country on foreign soil,” the editorial said. It also questioned whether scams in BJP-ruled states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat could be attributed to the Gandhi family. “Since Modi is the face of the nation, other countries might believe what he speaks and take decisions based on that which might affect the financial condition of India. Jibes at opposition should be taken within the country itself,” it added.
Later in the day, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut stated that the present state government was worse than the rule of the Nizam. “Rulers worse than the Nizam have ruled Maharashtra. However, this time the fight is with someone who is the father of the Nizam,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said while addressing a a party gathering in Aurangabad. He also stated that the prime minister has been travelling all over but has refrained from visiting drought-hit Marathwada.
In reply, the BJP claimed that Sena should realise it shares equal responsibility for the decisions.