The Shiv Sena on Monday lashed out at its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not fulfilling promises it made to some of its allies, saying that if the MoUs signed during the Make In India Week meet the same fate, it would be difficult to even cover the cost of the event.
In party mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena praised the BJP for signing Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for investments worth Rs 8 lakh crore for the state, which can generate nearly 30 lakh jobs.
However, it criticised its ally for not meeting ‘even a single promise’ it had made to leaders such as Republican Party of India’s Ramdas Athawale, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha’s Mahadev Jankar, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana’s Raju Shetti and Swabhimani Paksha’s Sadabhau Khot.
“If an MoU has to be explained in simple terms, about a year ago, leaders such as Mahadev Jankar, Raju Shetti, Sadabhau Khot, Ramdas Athawale had made an MoU with the BJP for a ‘Make in India’ government. There was a give-and-take defined in it. The BJP had promised these parties ministerial berths, chairmanship of corporations, solution to farmers’ woes and respect within the government in exchange for their support,” the Shiv Sena said in its mouthpiece.
The party added that Athawale was in fact promised a cabinet berth in writing. “The BJP has not met any of its promises in this MoU, neither ministerial berths nor solving farmers’ problems…So if the progress on the multi-crore MoUs signed is going to be similar to the BJP’s agreement with the four parties, then it will be difficult to even cover the cost of the Make in India event,” Saamana said.