The Shiv Sena’s latest attack at BJP is in the form of a poster which tags PM Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Transport minister Nitin Gadkari as ‘Conman.’
If sources are to be believed, such attempts by the Shiv Sena are their strategy to strengthen the momentum for their annual Dussehra rally.
Also, hardliners within the party are pressing Uddhav Thackeray to come up very strongly against the BJP, especially with regard to the Ghulam Ali concert and the State government’s acceptance to Kasuri’s book launch earlier this month. (Also Read: Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: The book launch takes place amid protests)
With an eye on the civic polls and with the increasing popularity of the Modi government, these acts of the Shiv Sena are clearly an attempt to recover their vote bank. Such acts are bringing them into the limelight and getting them headlines, which is what they want at this time. (Also Read: ‘We have paid tribute to martyred Indian soldiers by cancelling the show’; Shiv Sena on Ghulam Ali’s show)
Looking at the present political compulsions in Maharashtra, BJP seems to avoid breaking its alliance with the Shiv Sena. Despite so many back-to-back embarrassments, BJP is still in silent mode, which clearly shows their dependency on Shiv Sena for political benefits.