BJP ‘hijacking’ Shivaji memorial event in bad taste: Shiv Sena

Kayande said "the trend of BJP hijacking events, whenever it is in power, is in bad taste and does not go down well with public".

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:December 24, 2016 4:20 pm
narendra Modi, Shivaji memorial statue, Modi shivaji, Modi shivaji memorial, PM Modi shivaji memorial, Modi shiv sena PM Narendra Modi performs Jal Pujan for Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial in Mumbai. (Source: ANI)

Even as its chief Uddhav Thackeray accompanied the Prime Minister for ‘jal pujan’ ceremony of Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial, Shiv Sena on Saturday appeared unhappy with ally BJP, alleging that it has “hijacked” the occasion to take political benefit. It also took a swipe at BJP over the Ram Temple issue, saying it should admit its “failure” as it has not been able to build the promised temple in Ayodhya despite the huge majority in Lok Sabha.

“The BJP should not forget this memorial is a dream of every citizen of Maharashtra. The previous government (of Congress-NCP) also tried to start work on the memorial though it was unsuccessful for reasons best known to them,” said Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande. “When the memorial is being built with Government money, BJP should remember this (`jal pujan’ or stone laying ceremony) is a Government programme and all parties of the ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance) should be treated with equal respect,” she said.

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Kayande said “the trend of BJP hijacking events, whenever it is in power, is in bad taste and does not go down well with public”. The BJP tried similar “antics” at the inauguration of Ram Mandir railway station here, where its workers shouted slogans in support of the Prime Minister, she said. “Before elections, they showed people big dream of building a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, which they have failed to do despite having absolute majority in the Lok Sabha. Now, they should accept their failure (for not building the temple),” the Sena spokesperson said.

Earlier, Modi performed ‘jal pujan’ in the Arabian Sea for the Rs 3,600-crore memorial dedicated to the 17th century Maratha warrior king, who is a revered figure in Maharashtra. He was accompanied by Uddhav among others. The party is hoping that the issue will work ints favour in run up to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation polls likely in early 2017.

Sena-BJP relationship has been strained ever since the two parties parted ways ahead of Maharashtra Assembly election in 2014. The two reunited post-election but Sena has been sulking since it has been reduced to a junior partner in the state. Thackeray’s party has often been critical of the state and central governments though it is a part of the BJP-led NDA.

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    Nishant
    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm
    Does the general public really fall for these political stunts? A few days before the polls, a deceptive politician desperately goes over and starts throwing around all kinds of promises. Does this tactic actually get them votes?
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      Ashoke
      Dec 24, 2016 at 4:10 pm
      Marathas are known for their bravery. Will they gulp down the placebo offered by Mr. Narcissist Mythomaniac ?
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        Ashoke
        Dec 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm
        More the days are ping by, more are the gimmicks surfacing from Mr. Narcissist Mythomaniac.
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          Ashoke
          Dec 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm
          The government is running in a mad, helter-skelter fashion for the exits, from the threat of the Frankenstein it created on Nov 08, 2016.
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            P M
            Dec 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm
            This is Big brother atude .. you people should show their place .. get them defeated mercilessly
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              vaidehibapat
              Dec 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm
              Udhav Thackery should learn by now that he never had an ounce like Bal Thackery He is just a puppy tiger who can roar in its own garden and among its stupids Shivsainiks Bal thackrey who fought tooth and nail to create space for marathi man ,his son gave away power to gujratis who will now make him understand who is the bossBy blaming BJP which was never done by his father this baby keeps grumbling thete by making way to BJP to enter their territory
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