Sena Threatens to Snap Ties With Maha Govt

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Mumbai: Accusing the Fadnavis led BJP government in Maharashtra of behaving arrogantly, Shiv Sena on Friday threatened to withdraw support if the BJP failed to mend its ways by Diwali.

Speaking at a poll rally in Kalyan, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray launched an acerbic attack on its ally and said, “Sarkari vyavasthaa ka istemaal agar ‘ghar ki gaadi’ ki tarah hua to hum sarkar ko “rastey par le aaenge. (If government machinery is misused, we will bring the government on right path.”

“Janta ne jab Indira Gandhi ko ukhaad phenka tha to tumhari (BJP) kya aukaat? Diwali se pehle dal kay daam kum hone chahiye. (If people could throw out Indira Gandhi, what is the BJP’s position),” the Sena chief said.

There was high drama at the rally as Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde offered to quit. However, the move was rejected by Uddhav Thackeray.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said ‘Shiv Sena is a drama company’, reacting to Shinde’s offer to resign.

Earlier, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated his displeasure with the manner in which Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert was cancelled in Mumbai and said a line needs to be drawn between personal sentiment and nation’s honour.

Without naming the Shiv Sena, Fadnavis said that banning performances of artistes of any country is not what a civil society expects from the government.

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