BJP calls Uddhav Thackeray “accidental and absent CM”; calls the MVA government “more corrupt”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday attacked Shiv Sena, the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) led by Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) after its two years in power. The BJP called the current government “more corrupt, opportunistic, anti-people and unnecessary” and called Uddhav Thackeray the chief minister “accidental and absent”.

During a press briefing, top BJP leader and former Union Minister Prakash Javadekar reported cases of alleged corruption against Shiv Sena and NCP leaders. “There is nothing worth praising about the two years of this government. It is the most corrupt, opportunistic, anti-people and unnecessary government in Maharashtra,” he said.

Speaking to Thackeray, the BJP chief said residents of the state gave their mandate to the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in the last assembly ballots, but that Shiv Sena supremo chose to stand. team up with its rivals, Congress and the NCP, to become the CM of the “most corrupt” dispensation in the state.

“People call it ‘Maha Vasulia Aghadi Sakar’ (an extorting government). I want to give it a new name – ‘Maha Vishwasghati Aghadi Sarkar’ (an unfaithful government),” the BJP chief said.

The relationship between Shiv Sena and the BJP has deteriorated following the 2019 Assembly polls on the issue of sharing the chief ministerial post. Subsequently, Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as CM in a hushed ceremony at the governor’s residence with NCP leader Ajit Pawar as his deputy. After the fall of the Fadnavis government, Shiv Sena forged an alliance with the NCP and Congress.

MVA succeeded in turning the crisis into an opportunity

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said most of his two-year government has been devoted to dealing with COVID and the MVA has managed to turn it into an opportunity. He also thanked the people for their support for his government and called it the “government of the people”.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said two years of MVA rule indicated “completely leadershipless opposition”. In his weekly column “Rokhthok” in Sena spokesman Saamana, Raut said: “Even though the opposition has not been able to topple the government, they are still giving new dates to dislodge the MVA. This is a joke.

He alleged that the BJP was the instigator of the MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) workers and the riots in Amravati. “What the BJP does is not politics, but it conspires out of desperation,” Raut said.

(With PTI inputs)

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