Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray has threatened resignation of his party members from the Maharashtra cabinet accusing Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) for not treating them fairly. He alleged that Shiv Sena MPs and MLAs were allocated less funds by the state government which hampered their work progress in their respective constituencies.
According to India Today report, Thackeray called a meeting of his party’s ministers who complained that they could not function properly because BJP was being biased while allocating funds.
Thackeray, who recently invited Maharashtra Chief Minister for dinner at “Matoshree” said he would consult him over the matter and added “if they do not treat us like allies and do not address issues faced by our MLAs and Ministers they will resign”.
BJP, who has 28 percent vote share in Maharashtra is backed by Shiv Sena’s vote share which is 19 percent. Can BJP sustain if Sena takes back its alliance or not is a question to be pondered upon. According to Firstpost report, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has still not withdrawn the alliance offer it made in 2014.
But the bigger question is whether BJP is ready for this blow and let go of its hold on civic bodies in Mumbai.
Thackeray in the recent interview published in “Saamana” spoke about his party’s 25-year-old alliance with BJP. He emphasized on the fact that the base of their alliance was “Hindutva” and added “but now we need to work out what is the base of this alliance right now”.
Shiv Sena has been functioning as BJP’s integral opposition party since 2014 general elections. Be it recent Dalit stir in Gujarat or Kashmir issue, Thackeray seems to take a firm stand against government’s failure.