PM Narendra Modi dismisses post-poll window, says ‘can’t work with party which shut door on us’

While Modi did not name the Shiv Sena, it was clear that his target was the BJP’s former ally.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: October 5, 2014 7:56 am
Modi also expressed happiness over former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda joining the ambitious campaign. Modi also expressed happiness over former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda joining the ambitious campaign.

While senior BJP leaders had earlier indicated that they were willing to consider a post-poll alliance with the Shiv Sena, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday clearly dismissed the possibility.

Addressing a rally here, he said, “How can a government in Delhi work with someone who shut the doors on us… someone who does not have the courage to share a platform with me?”

While Modi, who kicked off his poll campaign in Maharashtra and Haryana on Saturday, did not name the Shiv Sena, it was clear that his target was the BJP’s former ally.

Promising to make Mumbai slum-free by 2022, he said, “Unfortunately, you have people coming and collecting haftas (extortion money), but they never deliver the results… Mumbaikars cannot be left vulnerable any more.” The reference to “hatfa” seemed to be aimed at the local Shiv Sainiks.

Taking his cue from Modi, state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said: “It is not enough to just take the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji and then go to people and collect haftas… In 2002, it was Modi who first visited Shivaji’s fort and pledged to provide an administration like Shivaji.” The Sena had earlier criticised the BJP’s poll slogan — “Chalo Chale Chhatrapati Shivaji Ka Le Aashirwad”.

The BJP had so far refrained from criticising its former ally. In fact, earlier this week, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had said, “We are not ruling out a post-poll alliance with Shiv Sena.” Supporting this line, senior party leader L K Advani had lamented the BJP-Sena break-up and urged the two parties to patch up after polls. Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra had also talked of a post-poll alliance.

But, setting the stage for an aggressive campaign on Saturday, Modi asked the people to ensure absolute majority to the BJP and ensure perfect coordination between the state and the central governments.

“The financial capital of India will determine the economic well-being and growth of the entire nation. Maharashtra is a state which sets the direction for the nation. And it is my resolve to ensure progress of Mumbai and Maharashtra. There cannot be any compromise or doubts on Maharashtra’s immense significance in shaping the destiny of Hindustan,” he said.

Targeting the outgoing Congress-NCP government, he said, “The state registered a maximum of 3,700 farmer suicides every year, yet Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is from Maharashtra. It appears that he was unmindful about the crisis despite being in the government at the Centre and having a Congress-NCP government in the state also.”

Promising infrastructure development, Modi pledged to make Mumbai a world-class city. He also promised modernisation of railway network through greater foreign direct investment.

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    Abhiram Ghadyalpatil
    Oct 6, 2014 at 4:05 am
    This report is all lies, misrepresentation of facts, and misinterpretation. The lies are--PM Modi did not even utter the name of Shiv Sena in his Mumbai speech. Second the remark about those who do not have the guts to share the dais with him not being able to run the government was aimed at Prithviraj Chavan and not Shiv Sena. A cub reporter would know this. Third, PM Modi did not say a word about hafta or extortion by the Shiv Sena. He talked about extortion by the Congress-NCP while BJP Maharashtra chief Devemdra Fadnavis spoke indirectly about the Shiv Sena extorting hafta. How come only the Indian Express reported this while all other newspapers did not? An apology is due in the least if you really mean to practice journalism of courage.
  2. H
    Oct 5, 2014 at 12:28 am
    BJP will lose in Maharashtra. TRaitorus BJP left Shiv Sena and collaborated with Sharad Pawars NCP to do this. They will never succeed. Shiv Sena should go all out in its campaigning to win in Maharashtra.
  3. H
    Oct 5, 2014 at 12:31 am
    Modi is getting all outside projects mostly for Gujurat. Is Gujurat all of India??? NO. He is still in CM mode. And yes. Maharashtra is not Gujurat. Take your abhai politics somewhere else. Maharashtrians dont like backstabbers and last minute allaince changers like you Modi and Amit Shah. I hope you lose and Shiv Sena wins resoundingly.
  4. H
    Oct 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm
    That is all you have ...hope. This man will do for Gujurat. All he wants from Maharashtra is to use them for seats. He used and discarded Shiv Sena. He can also hope. He will not win in Maaharashtra. Maharashtrians love Shiv Sena more....and only accepted BJP because Shiv Sena promoted them. This Ganadabhai politics will not work in Maharashtra.
  5. D
    Oct 5, 2014 at 12:55 am
    He was silent about the SS until they were coalition partners and now opens his mouth about them. Isnt he the pot calling the kettle black as he continues to attack MMS for keeping silent about the misdeeds of coalition partners
  6. H
    Oct 5, 2014 at 5:18 am
    I guess journalist missed the point....PM was referring to CM Chavan who had not shared stage with him few months back.
  7. I
    Oct 5, 2014 at 4:35 am
    I'm not sure if Narendra Modi's remarks have been correctly interpreted in this article. I think he was referring to Congress chief minister Chavan's boycott of PM's event in August this year.
  8. K
    Oct 5, 2014 at 4:41 am
    The reference was to Congress, not Shiv Sena - because Prithviraj Chavan refused to share a dais with Modi. Modi was talking about Center and State working together - not about politics.(BTW, every other newspaper has correctly guessed this as a reference to Congress)
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