Congress and NCP today asked the Uddhav Thackeray-led party to walk out of the NDA government at the Centre and the state, in which it is a junior alliance partner. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said all Sena ministers, in both the governments, should resign immediately as the “yuti” (alliance) between Sena and BJP has been called off.
“If you are no longer allies, why are you still in government? Snapping of ties for the civic polls is a farce. All Sena ministers in the state and Central governments should resign immediately,” Nirupam, a former Sena leader, told reporters.
Uddhav Thackeray had brought the curtains down on the alliance with BJP. He had announced to contest solo the next month’s polls to ten municipal corporation, including the high-stake BMC.
“Sena is always critical of the BJP leadership and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP should take the initiative to sack all the Sena ministers. Does not BJP have the guts to do so? Snapping of alliance is a big conspiracy,” the Congress leader said.
Sena has eleven ministers in the BJP-led state government, whereas Anant Geete is the sole representative of the party in the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
Taking a jibe at the development, city unit NCP president Sachin Ahir said though Sena had decided to go alone in civic elections, it lacked the guts to withdraw from the government. “If you (Sena and BJP) are contesting separately, you have to clarify that like in Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation, you will not have a post-poll alliance in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik and other corporations going to polls next month,” Ahir said in a statement. Referring to Thackeray’s speech yesterday, Ahir asked, “If Uddhav felt that Sena’s alliance with BJP for 25 years is rotten, then why it took so long for Sena to realise this? It is too late for Sena to walk out of the NDA alliance. We all are now eager to know how Sena’s former alliance partner BJP would respond to Sena’s damaging statement.”
Interestingly, NCP president Sharad Pawar had yesterday said that he was “pained” that the alliance was “broken” between BJP and Sena, but declined to open his cards. “They should take the decision and later come for the discussion,” he said while parrying queries on NCP’s role in the current political scenario of the state.