Shiv Sena taunted the BJP for the “sacrifice” of giving the Chief Minister’s post in Bihar to Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), a party which stood third.
On Wednesday, the Shiv Sena taunted the BJP for the “sacrifice” of giving the Chief Minister’s post in Bihar to Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), a party which stood third, while denying the same to Shiv Sena in Maharashtra last year.
In an editorial of its mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena wondered how long Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will hold ground under the “burden of favour” and if he will take a new route.
“The Shiv Sena was not given the Chief Minister’s post in Maharashtra after BJP got more seats. But gave the crown of chief ministers post to the party which was relegated to third position in Bihar. What generosity! There will be shortage of ink to describe this sacrifice in politics,” the editorial in Saamana read.
“BJP leaders like Chandrakant Patil and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari are of the view that the state is being run by NCP chief Sharad Pawar. All these (leaders) should keep an eye on who exactly will run Nitish Kumar’s government in Bihar now on,” it added.
The BJP, in the recently concluded Bihar polls, bagged 74 seats, while its ally JD(U) won 43. Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD emerged as single largest party with 75 seats in the 243-member assembly. In Maharashtra last year, the BJP won 105 seats, while its then ally Shiv Sena bagged 56. However, the two parties parted their ways following differences over sharing the chief ministerial post.
The Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray later joined hands with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress to form government in Maharashtra.