‘We are the ones who powered the Sangh’: Shiv Sena hits out at BJP for removing them from NDA

New Delhi: Shiv Sena on Tuesday hit out at former ally Bharatiya Janata Party for removing them from the National Democratic Alliance and making their MPs sit in the Opposition side in both houses of the Parliament.

On Sunday, Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi had said that Shiv Sena MPs are being allotted seats on the opposition side in both houses of Parliament after its lone minister Arvind Sawant in the Union council of ministers resigned and the party is working out alliance with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party to form a government in Maharashtra.

“Those who announced our ouster from the NDA must take lessons in history. We are the ones who powered the Sangh … When Balasaheb Thackeray, AB Vajpayee, LK Advani, Parkash Singh Badal and George Fernandes laid the foundation for the NDA, many of the present leaders were nowhere…” the editorial in Tuesday’s edition said.

Earlier on Sunday Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi had announced that Sena was being allotted seats in Opposition camp in the Lok Sabha as it was ‘working out alliance with the Congress and the NCP’.

To this, the Saamana responded with, “Prahlad Joshi is not aware of the Shiv Sena’s spirit and NDA’s actions and deeds… There was a time when nobody would stand next to the BJP, and words such as Hindutva and Nationalism were not even in the political lexicon of the country.”

Sena hit out at the BJP over its tie-ups with PDP and JD (U): The editorial hit out at the BJP over its tie-ups with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir and the JD(U) in Bihar. “Did the BJP seek NDA’s permission before coming together with Mehbooba Mufti or with Nitish Kumar?” the editorial asked adding that if the BJP thought that the Sena has gone against the NDA then why it hadn’t invited the Sena to discuss the issue in an NDA meeting.

The editorial compared the BJP to Mughal emperor Muhammad Ghori and said those who are backstabbing will be given a befitting reply from Maharashtra. “This is the beginning of the end of egoistic and arbitrary politics,” it said.