Modi is known for Godhra, unfortunate he condemned Dadri lynching: Shiv Sena

Things have not been smooth between the BJP and the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2015 11:37 am
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With each passing day, the unease between Maharashtra allies BJP and Shiv Sena is growing.

Today, minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Dadri lynching incident ‘sad’, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut responded with a controversial reference to the 2002 Gujarat riots.

“If the Prime Minister has made such a statement (on Dadri), it’s really unfortunate. The Narendra Modi that the world knows is by Godhra, for the same reason we respect him. If the same Narendra Modi has called the controversy surrounding Ghulam Ali sad, then it is unfortunate. I feel this is the statement of the country’s Prime Minister, not of Narendra Modi,” said Raut in an interview with news agency ANI.

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The remarks, which carry multiple meanings, is sure to rattle the BJP, which is already discussing probabilities of snapping ties with the Sena.

Things have not been comfortable between the two parties after Sena’s ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former aide of LK Advani, for organising the book launch of former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had condemned Sena’s attack and provided security for the book launch which passed off smoothly.

Sena leaders have admitted in private that their party would be willing to leave the ruling coalition. Sena’s departure from the alliance could put the BJP government in a minority, but the BJP has hopes that the NCP would provide outside support in case a vote comes up in the state Assembly.

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