We do not pay attention to Shiv Sena’s criticism of PM: Fadnavis

On Ahmednagar, Chief Minister says NCP gave support on their own

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said his party does not pay attention to Shiv Sena’s criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We do not pay attention to criticism from the Sena. People of this country know about their Prime Minister. He is the kind of leader who spends every minute of his life for this country and people. He has been serving the nation selflessly,” said Mr. Fadnavis said at a press conference here.

He was replying to a question about Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reiterating Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s allegation of ‘chowkidar hi chor hai’ (watchman is a thief). Asked whether the Bharatiya Janata Party wants to take the Sena along in the 2019 elections, Mr. Fadnavis said his party will be contesting against Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and would want Sena to be with them. “I will reply at right time and right place to such comments,” he said.

Mr. Fadnavis’ reply comes on a day when Sena mouthpiece Saamna in its editorial slammed the BJP yet again, for joining hands with the NCP in Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation. The editorial said, “It was the same NCP which had given unconditional support to BJP in 2014 to form the government. It means both these parties indulged in adultery but deny it in public. Now they both stand naked and entire Maharashtra is laughing at them.”

The editorial even taunted NCP president Sharad Pawar who on Sunday had said that he will be taking action against all party corporators who sided with the BJP. “This is all cover-up. It is now said that Sharad Pawar and other state leaders of the NCP had no clue about the affair between NCP and BJP. Only he knows the truth of it, but this democracy can soon turn in to anarchy,” the editorial said.

Replying to Sena’s criticism, Mr. Fadnavis said he had instructed his party leaders to tie-up with Shiv Sena if the party came forward with such a proposal or request.

“We waited till the last minute but Sena did not make any request to us. And we did not ask for NCP’s support, they gave it on their own. Therefore questions should be asked to NCP and not us,” he said.

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