Pune: BJP State President Chandrakant Patil on Wednesday said BJP’s former saffron alliance Shiv Sena is being deceived by the Congress. It is weaning Sena away from its core Hindutva ideology. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is filling the vacuum created by Sena, which is softening its stand on Hindutva, he said.
He was speaking at a press conference in the city. He congratulated the Sena over its soft stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He said, “Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has made statements in support of the CAA. It appears that the Sena is in favour of the Act. He should make sure that the State government accepts CAA and openly supports the Bharat Ratna award for Swatantryaveer Savarkar.”
Maratha quota issue
Patil said, “Some people in the State government are not in favour of reservation for the Marathas. They are principally opposed to the reservations for the community. But now there should be no politics on this issue.”
He added, “We welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision of not granting a stay on the Bombay High Court order pertaining to the Maratha reservation. This High Court order upheld the law granting reservation to Marathas in education and jobs. It demanded that the State government should be well prepared for the next hearing in March.”
He said, “The BJP government made sure the reservation is given to Maratha community. A commission was formed to prove the backward status to the community.”
“The State government was not prepared enough for Wednesday’s hearing. The next hearing is on March 17. The government should make sure that all groundwork is done properly to present the case,” he added.
Mid-term elections in December?
Commenting on the State government’s stability, Patil said the State may see a midterm poll in December. He was replying to a question whether the BJP ditched Sena at the time of forming the State government, which led to the breaking of the alliance. “We did not back-stab the Sena. People know who ditched whom. This will be reflected in the mid-term elections, which may take place in December,” Patil said.