BJP says everything okay with all-weather friend Shiv Sena
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Javadekar has ruled out the possibility of there being any strained relationship with long standing ally Shiv Sena (SS).
"I have read the article, it gives anecdotes from history. It essentially speaks about the long-standing friendship and commitment between the BJP and the SS. Therefore, it is in the nature of friendly advice, and not anything against the BJP. Whatever differences existed, has been sorted out between both the parties. We are sure to win close to 35 seats in Maharashtra."
The Shiv Sena, in its political mouthpiece 'Saamana', had reportedly taken a swipe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over the latter striking deals with new parties such as the rival Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which is led by Raj Thackeray, while keeping existing allies in the dark.
The editorial cited examples of how the party has spoken to Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala without speaking toHaryana Janhit Congress (HJC) chief Kuldeep Bishnoi, and how former Congress leader from Andhra Pradesh Purandeshwari Devi was inducted into the BJP without speaking to the TDP. The editorial also warns that ties may be strained in the future, despite Modi, Rajnath Singh and Rajiv Pratap Rudy mending fences at present.
(Posted on 13-03-2014)