Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena are struggling to maintain a civil relationship

Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena are struggling to maintain a civil relationship

They may have formed the government in the state, but the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena are struggling to maintain a civil relationship. The sniping between the parties shows no signs of abating. Senior BJP leader and finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Sunday advised his cabinet colleagues from the Shiv Sena that instead of making their presence felt by criticising the government, they could do so by doing good work through their respective departments. Mungantiwar advised Sena ministers to make their presence felt through good work in their departments, which would create jobs and add resources to the state exchequer. “Vidarbha has given immense success to the BJP,” said Mungantiwar, while referring to the party sweeping 44 of the 62 seats in the region, and added that “the people of Maharashtra are with the BJP. The government is working for the welfare of the farmers.” “We have not criticised the government, we have not begun to criticise,” said Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, adding that the Shiv Sena, too, was part of the ruling dispensation and hence, it was their responsibility to see if the policies were implemented. On Friday, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna, which has Uddhav as editor and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut as executive editor, criticised chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Saamna said that while Maharashtra was being marketed in the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, “the picture of our farmers in Vidarbha committing suicide by drinking poison was horrible.” It had questioned why farmer suicides were taking place in Vidarbha even though Fadnavis and Mungantiwar hailed from the region. The newspaper editorial also took a swipe at Mungantiwar, asking when he would announce the plans for a ban on farmer suicides along the lines of a recent announcement to prohibit liquor in the region.

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Sena-BJP spar over farmer suicides in Vidarbha