Ties between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) appear to have soured in Nashik after MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday accused BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi of focussing too much on his home state rather than being projected for the country’s top job.
In a letter to its state leadership, the Nashik unit of the BJP has demanded that ties between BJP and MNS in Nashik Municipal Corporation be cut off. The MNS runs the corporation in Nashik with BJP’s support. While MNS holds the mayor’s post, BJP enjoys the deputy mayor’s post in the civic body.
Criticising Modi, Thackeray had also said that the BJP leader should have resigned from the chief minister’s post the day he was declared the party’s prime ministerial candidate.
The MNS chief also pointed out that the BJP’s Hindutva mascot should have a national outlook and ditch regional parochialism.
After Thackeray’s statement against Modi, the local unit of BJP held a meeting and decided to cut off ties with MNS.
Nashik BJP chief Laxman Savaji said that Thackeray’s comment against Modi was unacceptable. He also sought reasons why the MNS does not take BJP into confidence while doing developmental work in Nashik. “MNS does not take us along while working on matters of the city.
We have taken a review of the past six months and realised that they prefer working on their own,” Savaji said.
However, MNS leaders in Nashik have said that their party always takes BJP into confidence while doing any developmental work.
Thackeray, however, has not reacted to this stance by the Nashik BJP. While there was talk in the evening that the MNS chief was annoyed over such a development and was in a mood to leave the city and go back to Mumbai, these reports did not gain ground. Thackeray decided to go about with his planned tour. He will inaugurate a series of developmental works on January 11.