The Shiv Sena has stepped up its attacks against alliance partner BJP, releasing a booklet titled Ghotalebaaz BJP (Scamster BJP), that lists all the scams that have taken place under the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra.
The Sena, which has been increasingly vocal with its criticism against the BJP government in recent times, has detailed leveled serious corruption allegations against the BJP leaders, even mentioning several senior ministers by name and the total “value” of these scams.
The 56-page booklet, of which Firstpost has a copy, was handed out to Shiv Sena party members during an organisational meeting at Sena Bhavan on Wednesday, and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray urged party members to distribute the booklet across the state, according to The Times of India.
Thackeray also asked party members to “to be prepared for mid-term polls”, the report added.
The booklet chronicles various scams, ranging from the MIDC land scam in which Eknath Khadse was allegedly involved, to the tur scam allegations levelled against Girish Bapat. Irregularities in supply of fire extinguishers to local schools without calling for tenders has been blamed on education minister Vinod Tawde, while the loan waiver scam involving BJP leader Dilip Gandhi also features prominently, with the booklet asking if they should be spared.
The booklet states that there has been a rise in corruption cases being filed by the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). It also alleges that of the 40 BJP ministers heading departments in the state, 30 are facing corruption charges, with home and revenue departments topping the list.
The Sena has also accused BJP of promoting and transferring senior police officers in state out of turn.
And it’s list of allegations and revelations doesn’t stop with Maharashtra. It also lists scams which have surfaced in other BJP-ruled states, and those that took place under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Centre. Moreover, it has also listed allegations against BJP national president Amit Shah, and has accused BJP of not providing details about the “hoardes of cash” it received during the 1990 Ram Janmabhoomi agitation.
The booklet was distributed among party leaders on Wednesday, but was originally released during the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election in February this year. It was seen as retaliation to a series of jibes thrown by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Shiv Sena, according to The Asian Age.
However, the Sena has denied publishing any such booklet. Talking to The Hindu, Harshal Pradhan, who looks after Thackeray’s publicity, said, “We have neither published any such booklet, nor has Thackeray asked anyone to distribute it. Shiv Sena does not go for such dirty tricks.”
The Sena has upped the ante against the BJP, with several leaders, including Thackeray, speaking out against the senior ally. Just last week, the party had called BJP its “principal enemy” and said it was part of the Maharashtra government “just for the sake of it”.
Later, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut also said the Narendra Modi wave had faded, and appreciated Rahul Gandhi. “Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is capable of leading the country,” Raut had said.
The Sena also slammed the Centre’s key policy decisions like demonetisation and GST, and said people should start preparing to pay back the government for “playing with their feelings”, asking them, “Where is the Diwali of achche din?”
The parties had contested the Assembly and BMC elections separately in a bitter, no holds barred contest, but came together as coalition partners later.
Responding to the Sena’s taunts, Fadnavis had hit back last week, saying it cannot play the role of a ruling party and Opposition simultaneously.