The Shiv Sena, which shares an uneasy alliance with the BJP, took a swipe at the Prime Minister on Tuesday, with party president Uddhav Thackeray saying that the Delhi debacle was Narendra Modi’s responsibility.
“I think this defeat is the responsibility of Narendra Modi,” Uddhav said when asked who was responsible for BJP’s defeat.
Uddhav also said that the results had shown that a tsunami is bigger than any wave.
“Talks had been going on about a Modi wave sweeping the country. But the people of Delhi have shown that a tsunami is mightier than a wave,” Uddhav said.
He added that people had become tired of the present political scenario and they could not be taken for granted.
BJP has been trying to insulate Modi against criticism for the defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls, saying that it was not a referendum on him.
Stung by Uddhav’s remarks, an angry Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar said the Shiv Sena should walk out of the government before “pointing barbs” at Modi.
“If you intend to point barbs at Modiji, who is among the tallest leaders of the BJP and the Prime Minister of this country, then do not stay in the government. Have the courage of first leaving power and then point barbs,” Shelar, also an MLA, said.
Uddhav, who called up AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal to congratulate him on the victory, told reporters that he would attend the oath-taking ceremony if invited.
“I spoke to Kejriwal today and congratulated him on this victory. I also advised him to continue to work for Delhi and not commit the mistake of resigning from the CM’s post again,” he said.
Despite the rapprochement after the bitter split ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections last year, the two parties are not known to be on the best of terms.
The Sena has been very critical of the BJP-led state government’s handling of agrarian problems, particularly farmer suicides in the drought-prone Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.