BJP censures Shiv Sena over negative remarks on Nawaz-Modi meeting

BJP leader advises Shiv Sena chief to change its perception of Pakistan

Web Desk July 13, 2015
Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar. PHOTO: PTI

MUMBAI: India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday censured its own ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, advising it to be focus on resolving the country’s civic problems instead of needlessly commenting on national issues.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had on Friday expressed reservations about the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar, while criticising Shiv Sena chief over his recent remarks against Nawaz-Modi meeting, said, “Uddhav Thackeray should have first sought information on Modi's meeting with Sharif. The meeting between the two Prime Ministers was of national importance."

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The BJP chief went on to add: "Since the trial of 26/11 Mumbai attacks is going on in a Pakistani court, Modi coaxed Pakistan into completing it faster. Several Indian fishermen are lodged in Pakistani jails. The meeting also focused on their release.”

"Everybody has the right to speak about India-Pakistan relations and what is happening in Jammu & Kashmir. But what is needed is a change of perception so that you can see the changed conditions," Shelar further added.

Earlier on Friday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhay Thackeray had expressed his reservations about the meeting between the Pakistani prime minister and his Indian counterpart.

Terming Modi's meeting with Sharif as 'unfortunate', Thackeray had said "the neighbouring country [Pakistan] needs to be taught a lesson in a manner it understands" as there was no change in the conditions on the border.

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Meanwhile, Shelar also came down hard on Shiv Sena over recent flooding in Mumbai as it controls the Municipal Corporation of the city.

"While the Sena speaks about issues of national importance, why doesn't it take action against MCGM contractors who are doing substandard work of cleaning the drainage system? It (also) needs to focus on the increasing number of leptospirosis cases in Mumbai," he said.

This article originally appeared on The Times of India


Snisha | 8 years ago | Reply There are not allies they fought elections against each other (bitterly) in mumbai. And sena lost heavily. And then with hung assembly they were left with no choice but to form coalition govt. To say they are allies is to say bjp and PDP are allies. They can't look eye to eye and only bear each other to survive govt. Shiv sena doesn't even have much influence in Mumbai, much less in Maharastra state, forget the whole country. Yet it has to speak for trp and media relevance to survive its dying party in maharastra. It's mandate is only reserved for 60 seats out of 285 it won there. Yet Sena speaks on every national issue out of their area and but will not speak on mumbai municipality board (the richest board in Asia) it runs and loots. What else can explain one heavy rain and high tide and floods that make us Mumbai water park Or Venice of the East? The question they need to answer is where the richest municipality board in Asia is spending our hard earned money through high taxes. Rather redicule our Hard working PM on initiatives he takes.
vicktor d'souza | 8 years ago | Reply What's this, 'good cop, bad cop' ?
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