BJP should expand to bring social transformation: Amit Shah

In a stinging attack on Shiv Sena, Congress leader Nitesh Rane said today that Shiv Sena should be included in the Guinness World Records for issuing the most number of threats to withdraw support to the BJP-led government in Maharashtra.

The BJP government in the State has been under continuous fire from its ally Shiv Sena, ever since they came to power in October 2014. "If they do not do so, a big step will be taken next month", he is reported to have said.

The statement of Shah is significant against the backdrop of Fadnavis' remark that the party was prepared for mid-term polls.

Mumbai [Maharashtra] June 16: Shiv Sena on Friday said that if political parties have problem with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's candidature for the post of next President then consider M. S. Swaminathan for the post. "Farmers are dying for want of loan waiver", he said.

The BJP chief, however, reportedly enjoys cordial relations with Thackeray.

Shah is now on a three-month nationwide tour covering all states to take stock and strengthen the party organisation across India, as part of the three-year celebrations of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in power under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the Shiv Sena will ensure that it will make the government "cry" for not paying attention to the farmers' problems, he added.

"Uddhavji will recommend his name to Amit Shah when he calls on him at "Matoshree" (Thackeray's residence) on Sunday", Raut said.

Buoyed by the BJP's success in Maharashtra local governing bodies' polls, held in the recent past, Fadnavis exuded confidence that people of the state were with the saffron party notwithstanding various agitations against the state.

In the past, the Shiv Sena had deviated from supporting NDA candidates on at least two occasions - during the elections of former President Pratibha Patil and later the current President Pranab Mukherjee for whom it pitched for a second term.

  • Zachary Reyes