The disgruntled NDA constituent Shiv Sena on Tuesday welcomed BJP’s decision to withdraw support to the PDP-led dispensation in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir but made a veiled attack on its partner BJP for stitching up the “unnatural alliance” in the first place.
“Der aye, duroost aye (Better late than never),” Sena leader Anil Desai told television journalists. He also said it was “unnatural alliance” between PDP and BJP and the tie up had to break.
“Given the situation, the withdrawal of support is welcome,” he said. However, Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said, “BJP must have realised that going together with PDP will cost it dearly during next year’s Lok Sabha. Hence this decision”.
Mr Raut also said ever since PDP-BJP government came to power in the state, there have been increase in terror activities and many soldiers, security officials and common people lost their lives.
Paradoxically, Shiv Sena, the BJP’s first state-level partner since 1980s, has turned a “difficult ally” for the saffron outfit especially since 2014 – after BJP recorded a landslide victory both in Maharashtra and in the national level.
Founded by Bal Thackeray Shiv Sena had begun more as a Marathi chauvinist party and later took to Hindutva.
But to its dismay, the newly created pro-Hindutva support base later on moved only towards the BJP leaving it anguished.