Putting its worst foot forward, the tardy Shiv Sena on Wednesday in a vitriolic attack on the BJP said it was deriving sadistic pleasure out of the struggle of other political parties to form government in Maharashtra.
The Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ blatantly said that those who talked of ethics in politics were currently the most disruptive.This is probably after the President’s rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sent a report to the Centre, stating that formation of a stable government was impossible in the current situation despite all his efforts.
The development came as the political stalemate continued since the declaration of Assembly poll results last month, with the Congress and NCP saying they had not yet taken any decision on Shiv Sena’s proposal of forming a government and will hold further discussions.
Prior to it, the BJP, which won 105 seats, on Sunday expressed its inability to form government due to lack of enough numbers. Despite their alliance getting a majority, the BJP and the Shiv Sena parted ways following disagreement over power sharing, with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party insisting on the chief minister’s post.
“If a party with 105 MLAs could not form government, others would struggle for sure. But it does not mean the largest party should rejoice. This attitude of deriving sadistic pleasure has pushed Maharashtra into today’s situation,” the Sena claimed. “The BJP, as the single largest party, was given 15 days to form government, but the Sena got merely 24 hours, it rued. How could signatures of all MLAs be secured when some were out of the state?” the impotent Sena wondered adding that the party had misused the state machinery.
“Despite having a clear idea that three parties (Sena, Congress and NCP) need to coordinate properly, the Raj Bhawan gave only 24 hours and on their failure to muster numbers, the BJP was seen rejoicing, it is not a good sign”, the mouthpiece added.
“It seems someone is more happy over non-formation of government in the state. Those who talk of ethics in politics are the most disruptive in the current politics,” the Marathi daily said further alleging that the BJP’s decision to sit in the opposition was not a strategy, but part of some conspiracy.
“The mandate was for the BJP and Shiv Sena. Had the BJP kept its promise, we would have not searched for an alternative. The BJP talks of being a party of principles, morality and civility, then it should have followed it after the Assembly elections,” the Sena said. In the Assembly elections held last month, the BJP won 105 seats, followed by the Shiv Sena, 56, the NCP, 54 and the Congress, 48, in the 288-member House.