Updated: June 20, 2021 10:17:08 pm
After a letter, purportedly written by Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, calling for an alliance with the BJP went viral on Sunday, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil said the party leadership will “give it a thought” if Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray considered it.
“Pratap Sarnaik is a Shiv Sena leader and MLA. He has written a letter to his party chief, calling for an alliance with the BJP, which will think about it if Uddhav Thackeray also thinks on the same line,” said Patil after a function in Pune.
Patil said if they (the BJP) said anything positive (about the alliance), Saamana ridiculed them. “If we say anything positive, then Saamana ridicules us, saying we are desperate for power,” he added.
Patil also said in his letter, Sarnaik had said what the BJP had been saying for 18 months. “This is an unscientific alliance (Sena, Congress and NCP). Balasaheb Thackeray fought Congress and NCP all his life and now Sena has struck an alliance with the same parties,” he said.
In his letter to Thackeray, Sarnaik has urged him to join hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The letter states that Congress and NCP are trying to weaken the Sena. It also states that if Sena teams up with the BJP, trouble for Sena leaders like Anil Parab Ravindra Waykar will ease. The letter states that despite a Sena chief minister at the helm, Congress and NCP MLAs get priority for their works.
Opposition leader in the state council Pravin Darekar said, “Not just Sarnaik, there are several Sena leaders upset with the three-party alliance. In private, they speak their heart. This is the first letter… there will be many more from disgruntled Sena leaders.”
Another BJP leader Kirit Somaiya, however, said, “Sarnaik fears going to jail and that is why he has written the letter. He has committed corruption and he will soon go to jail.”
Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, “The important part of the letter is that it highlights the fact that leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi are being unnecessarily harrased… This will have to be studied.”
State Congress chief Nana Patole said, “Sarnaik’s letter is an internal matter of the Shiv Sena, and the Congress does not comment on the internal matters of other parties.”
He, however, said the Congress will contest local civic body polls on its own, but will support the Uddhav Thackeray-led government for five years.
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