Mumbai: The main ally party of Bharatiya Janata Party Shiv Sena criticized BJP for its ‘U-turn’ over the core issue of BJP, i.e. Ram Temple. Shiv Sena today mockingly said that after coming to power its stand on core issues, including Ram temple, should “not be seen as U-turns” as Narendra Modi government is only taking a “practical approach” in current circumstances.
It also said that BJP going back on its promise of Vidarbha should also not be interpreted as another U-turn as such promises are always made in election manifestos and speeches. It also voiced hope that it will take a similar approach on the issue of Jaitapur nuclear power, which Sena has opposed.
Notify that BJP National President Amit Shah on completion of NDA Government’s one year said the party does not have the majority to implement its core issues like Ram Temple and Article 370.
Sena said, “BJP had also promised to abrogate article 370 if it comes to power. But later it joined hands with the PDP to form government in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP was also firm on bringing Uniform Civil Code, but we do not think this will go far.”
In its mouthpiece Saamna, Sena said, “These are not U-turns. Under current circumstances, (PM Narendra) Modi and Amit Shah have taken a practical view of things.”
On Shah’s remarks on statehood for Vidarbha, Sena said the BJP chief’s statement cannot be interpreted as U-turn. “Amit Shah has said we never assured that Vidarbha will be separated from Maharashtra. This has led people who were batting for the cause for commercial interests to chew up their words. States or regions can’t just be broken based on poll speeches and manifestos,” said Sena.
It said, “People like Nitin Gadkari, Devendra Fadnavis and Sudhir Mungantiwar had spoken about a separate statehood for Vidarbha in their speeches during state Assembly poll. But now, Shah’s statement has put all questions to rest. But we cannot interpret this statement as a U-turn. Such promises are always made in election manifestos and speeches.”