Shiv Sena cries for help from Modi—and also warns him!

  • Facing a mountain of problems, Shiv Sena seeks Modi’s help!
  • “Modi-Uddhav bhai bhai”, its mouthpiece claims.
  • But also warns Modi Mumbai not Delhi’s slave.

Mumbai: Just a day after Shiv Sena chief became the Chief Minister, the Maharashtra outfit realized the avalanche of problems catching up with Uddhav Thackeray as the winter chill sets in, with the party’s usually vitriolic mouthpiece Saamana appealing “elder brother” Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help the state.

Help us or else….The new Maharashtra CM, Uddhav Thackeray, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The mouthpiece said Modi and Thackeray shared brotherly ties and it is the responsibility of the PM to cooperate with his “younger brother” who has just take charge of the state.

Notably, Thackeray had, before he took oath as the CM, appointed Sanjay Raut, his Man Friday and the BJP’s most fervent critic, as the new editor.

“Delhi should respect the decision made by the people in Maharashtra and take care of the stable government,” Raut urged in an editorial, while latching onto the good wishes formally extended by the PM to Uddhav after the latter took oath.

Incidentally, Modi had been referring to Thackeray as his “younger brother”, before the two parties fell apart recently.

After the October elections to the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha, relations between the BJP and the Sena had turned sour over sharing the CM’s post on rotational basis for 2.5 years each. The Sena claimed that BJP President Amit Shah had promised this “50-50” arrangement before the Assembly polls, and later snapped its three-decade-old ties with the BJP. Shad had denied making any such promise.

After a month-long tussle with its pre-poll ally, the Sena formed the tri-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVS) with its ideological rivals NCP and the Congress and formed the government on Thursday.

In his formal message to Thackeray after he took as oath as the CM, Modi congratulated him, saying, “I am confident he will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra”, the PM tweeted.

Latching it up, the Sena referred to Modi as “our PM” and said he had wished Maharashtra attains speedy development under the new CM’s leadership.

The Saamana said “The Centre will have to cooperate (with Maharashtra) for that (speedy development) and extend help to bring the state’s farmers out of their miseries.”

Admitting that the two parties shared strained ties in the state’s politics, it said, “but Modi and Thackeray share brotherly ties. Hence, it is the responsibility of Shri Modi to cooperate with the younger brother from Maharashtra as the Prime Minister”.

The Sena maintained that the PM does not belong to any single party, but the entire country. “Delhi should respect the decision people of Maharashtra have taken and take care the stability of the state government is not bedevilled”.

In the same breath, it warned Modi that Maharashtra is full of valour as inspired by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and “the people of the state had fought with Delhi for its creation”. It added that “Delhi is the capital of the country. But Uddhav Thackeray, son of Balasaheb Thackeray, who took firm stand all along that Maharashtra, is not a slave of Delhi, has now become the CM. So, there is a surety that the government will have its spine intact.”

The mouthpiece also hit out at the previous Devendra Fadnavis government, of which it was a part until recently, for “imposing” over “Rs 5 lakh crore-debt” on the state.”

Hence, Thackeray will have to take speedy yet cautious steps to realise his plans.

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