Amit Shah sets BMC polls target of 150, says chance to hurt Thackeray | Latest India News

Mumbai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched a bitter attack on the Shiv Sena during his visit to Mumbai on Monday, accusing Uddhav Thackeray of political treachery and calling on the workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to city ​​to ensure the Sena in the crucial civic body of Mumbai. elections later this year.

Shah, who was on a two-day visit to Mumbai, told party leaders they must ensure the BJP wins 150 out of 227 seats in the prestige battle for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and said that Mumbai politics was to be dominated by the BJP. In 2017, the party won 82 seats.

“If you slap someone anywhere, they will be hurt… But if you slap someone in front of their house, it hurts their soul. There is an opportunity to hurt (the Shiv Sena) in Mumbai,” said Shah, who was addressing BJP lawmakers and leaders in Mumbai on Monday.

He said the BMC election was the best opportunity to ground the Thackerays. “BJP dominance must be established over Mumbai politics,” Shah said at a meeting of BJP leaders in Mumbai.

“…Uddhav Thackeray betrayed us. Those who have a habit of betraying others in politics cannot strengthen their position in politics,” Shah said. “In politics, you can tolerate injustice…but those who betray others must be punished,” he urged, calling for the defeat of the Shiv Sena.

“It is necessary for every BJP worker to hit the ground running in this election battle and fight for the honor of the party,” Shah said. Former BJP chairman says after party came to power in 2014 Lok Sabha elections under Narendra Modi, he decided to negotiate power-sharing terms with Sena based on popularity national BJP and also to expand the footprint of the party.

“However, for only two seats…the Shiv Sena broke the alliance,” Shah said, adding that the Shiv Sena was clearly dreaming. “(They sensed) where will the BJP go? We will get more seats and install our man as chief minister,” he added. But those plans had failed, with the BJP gaining more seats and the Sena becoming the smallest party.

“It was not the work of the BJP to reduce the Shiv Sena to a smaller party. You broke the covenant. If the Shiv Sena has become the smallest party, you (Uddhav Thackeray) are responsible for it and no one else,” he attacked.

Amit Shah reiterated that the BJP did not promise the Shiv Sena chief minister post before the 2019 state assembly, recalling how BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi unequivocally told the election meetings that Fadnavis would be the chief minister. Shah added that he called on people to “vote for the Shiv Sena to make Devendra Fadnavis chief minister” at two rallies which Thackeray also attended.

Shah accused the Shiv Sena of working to defeat the BJP candidates in the 2019 assembly elections and added that despite this “stab in the back”, the BJP won more seats. However, the Shiv Sena allied with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress to form the government.

He said that the faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde represented the real Shiv Sena and that was with them. “Eknath Shinde did not betray you. Uddhavji, it was you who betrayed your ideology…Eknath Shinde supports the original ideology of the Shiv Sena,” Shah added. He accused Thackeray of siding with former foe NCP leader Sharad Pawar for power after seeking votes on Modi’s behalf and Fadnavis’ performance.

Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said there was a need for BJP leaders and workers to “act as if this (BMC) poll was the last election of your life.”

“Working with the credo of abhi nahi to kabhi nahi (now or never) in this poll,” he said, and asked them to save their differences with their party colleagues for the larger battle that was in their hands.

Legislator and Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said the Shiv Sena, unlike the BJP, works for the welfare of the people throughout the year, not just before the elections. “Such language does not belong to a Minister of the Interior. He is the interior minister of the country and therefore should not use such language,” Kayande said.

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