Mumbai, June 4: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that country is ready to accept the Congress or JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda but is not willing to favour Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah anymore.
In his editorial in Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna, MP Sanjay Raut has described his party as BJP’s biggest “political enemy” and alleged that BJP’s game plan is to weaken the Uddhav Thackeray-led party while staying in power with it.
The alliance between the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra has run into more trouble a year before the General elecions , he said, the country “does not” want the duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, but could “accept” the Congress or JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda.
“The Shiv Sena is the biggest political enemy (rajkiya shatroo) of the BJP. The Sena’s radical Hinduism would prove problematic for the BJP,” he wrote in an opinion piece written under his ‘rokh-thokh’ (straight forward) column published in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
“Hence, the BJP’s plan is to stay with the Sena in power and try to weaken it by using power and money. The BJP used its resources to ensure Shiv Sena’s defeat in the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll (held last month),” Raut said.
Taking potshots at the BJP, Raut said the BJP paid tribute to its late MP Chintaman Wanaga by defeating his son, the Sena candidate, in Palghar.
The bypoll was necessitated by the death of Chintaman Wanaga.
The Shiv Sena may have lost the recently held Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll, but it managed to get more votes in the Assembly seats falling under the parliamentary constituency when compared to the 2014 Maharashtra elections. The Sena got over 60,000 more votes, while despite winning the seat, the BJP saw its vote count dropping in the tribal-dominated constituency.
The Sena leader claimed “trickery” of EVMs led to the BJP’s victory in Palghar and said it was nothing short of a “scandal”.
“On the day of voting (May 28), complaints of EVMs malfunctioning were reported from at least 100 locations. The Election Commission rejected the Shiv Sena’s request for extending voting hours, but a similar demand of BJP candidate Rajendra Gavit (who won the seat) was accepted,” he alleged.
He claimed that every polling station, where extension for voting was given, reported an “average 100 extra votes to the BJP nominee and cumulatively BJP’s votes increased by some thousands. But some 60,000 voters could not vote”.
“After the voting, the district collector declared 46 per cent turnout, but the figure went up to 56 per cent the next day (when final figure was announced). It means 82,000 votes increased overnight”, he said.
Sanjay Raut claimed that the BJP has appointed people with RSS links to key constitutional posts and controlled the election procedure.
“The BJP managed to win the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll but it lost many other Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls. This shows winds of change are blowing in several parts of the country,” he said.
At the Shiv Sena’s national executive meeting in January 2018- the 92nd birth anniversary of late party supremo Bal Thackeray, the party made its clearest indication yet that its alliance with the BJP is nearing its end by passing a resolution to go it alone in next year’s Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.