Barne refuses to comment, says will respond at an appropriate time.
Pimpri: Although, there are still 20 months to go for the next elections, mudslinging between two political rivals has already begun in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
BJP’s Chinchwad MLA Laxman Jagtap has taken a shot at his long-time political rival, Shiv Sena MP Shrirang Barne, saying that the latter got elected in 2014 election because of the Modi wave. While lashing out at Barne, Jagtap has even claimed that his political rival has no support base of his own. Jagtap challenged Barne to contest and get elected on a Shiv Sena ticket during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections again, which will be held in 2019.
Jagtap’s statement came after reports regarding Barne’s alleged dispute with other Shiv Sena office-bearers during a recently held meeting in Mumbai. Although, Barne has denied having any dispute with Sena leader Neelam Gorhe, Jagtap has not left a chance to take a potshot at his old rival. It may be recalled that Barne had defeated Jagtap in 2014 Lok Sabha poll. Jagtap had then contested the election on Peasant and Worker’s Party ticket.
Jagtap said, “Barne does not have his own support base in his constituency, but he got elected due to the Modi wave in 2014. It is not possible for him to get elected on a Shiv Sena ticket in the absence of an alliance. He is aware of this fact, as, after parliamentary elections, he may not get success for his party from his constituency. Therefore, he is scared and trying to leave the party, which is why he is having a dispute with party office-bearers.”
Jagtap further said, “If he dares to contest on a Shiv Sena ticket without his party forming an alliance with BJP, that too when many of his party workers are disappointed with his style of functioning, he will surely lose.” Jagtap claimed that Barne has not only disappointed his party workers but also people from his
The recent spat came after news about Barne’s possible induction into BJP was making rounds in the city. Barne had then responded by saying that his enemies were deliberately spreading such rumours. Barne, who did not name anyone, said that he was not leaving Shiv Sena.
However, Barne has refused to comment on these allegations. He said that he will speak at an appropriate time.