Delhi's 'Matoshree' will control the Maharashtra government led by Shiv Sena: Devendra Fadnavis

PALGHARL: The coalition government led by Shiv Sena in Maharashtra will be controlled by Delhi and not by Matoshree in Mumbai, the top BJP leader and former prime minister said on Wednesday in an apparent reference to the leadership of Congress.

Fadnavis made the comments addressed to the Prime Minister and the president of Sena while campaigning for the next Palghar Zilla Parishad elections.

This government will be controlled not from 'Matoshree' (Thackeray's residence in the suburbs of Mumbai), but by the 'Matoshree' of Delhi, said the opposition leader in the legislative assembly.

Fadnavis, however, took no name while firing the Matoshree tongue in Delhi. 'Matoshree' means mother in marathi.

The PCN and Congress are the other components of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Sena.

'Matoshree' gradually emerged as a formidable center of power in Maharashtra's politics when Sena's founder, Bal Thackeray, was alive.

Fadnavis's comments are intended to provoke the Seine, who always take pride in making decisions from the Bandra residence of the Thackerays.

Continuing with his tirade, Fadnavis also struck Uddhav Thackeray's comments that he had given a word to his father, the late Balasaheb Thackeray, to make Shiv Sainik the prime minister of Maharashtra.

Bal Thackeray will cry in the sky if he learns of Sena's decision to go with the PNC and Congress after the polls, Fadnavis said.

He also accused the Seine of betraying the public mandate by forging an alliance with the PNC and Congress after the state elections.

Fadnavis called on people to give an adequate response to the party led by Uddhav Thackeray in the upcoming zilla parishad polls.

It's unfortunate that the Shiv Sena He has to commit to those who abused the ideologist Hindutva V D Savarkar, said the leader of the BJP, wondering how many days the government led by Thackeray will survive in the midst of the internal struggle.

The Seine not only betrayed the public mandate but also its ally BJP before the vote, with which he jointly disputed the elections to the assembly, he claimed.

Fadnavis said in the assembly polls held in October last year, the BJP won 70 per cent of the seats that it contested and emerged as the single largest party, while the Shiv Sena bagged only 45 per cent of the seats that it fought.

Citizens gave a clear mandate to the BJP - Shiv Sena combine, but unfortunately due to betrayal by the Sena, which joined hands with the NCP and Congress, the BJP has to remain out of power, he said.

Hitting Uddhav Thackeray for betraying the BJP, he said from day one (since Sena formed a government with the NCP and Congress), the three parties could not decide the names of the ministers.

Even after the selection of ministers, there is growing discontent among the Shiv Sena leaders and activists, and in case of the Congress, its activists have even gone to the extent of ransacking their party offices, he said.

On Tuesday, some supporters of the MLA Sangram Thopte Congress had shattered the party office in Pune to protest against their non-inclusion in the Maharashtra ministry, which expanded on Monday.

Fadnavis said people of Maharashtra gave a clear majority to the BJP-Shiv Sena combine to form government, but later things took a different turn. He said citizens are witness to the political developments in the state.

It is unfortunate that it took weeks (for the alliance led by Thackeray) to finish the formation of the government and then form the Cabinet, said the leader of the BJP.

On the agricultural loan exemption scheme announced by Thackeray, he said: It is nothing more than an eye wash and several conditions are attributed to it, as a result of which almost 60 lakh farmers in the state will not benefit from the scheme.

The Shiv Sena made tall claims that the 7/12 (land title) of farmers would be made free of encumbrance.

They have taken farmers for a walk and none of them will get the benefit, Fadnavis said, while reminding Thackeray that he had previously demanded Rs 25,000 per hectare for farmers who suffered crop losses.

Now, they have kept their word again, he claimed.