The Shiv Sena on Friday took a dig at its senior ally, saying there was no “maha janadesh” and the outcome was in fact a rap on the knuckles for those high on “arrogance of power”.
Its clear attack on CM as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had toured over 200 constituencies, out of the total 288, during his ‘Maha Janadesh Yatra’ Fadnavis had talked about the saffron alliance winning 200-plus seats.
In an editorial in its mouthpiece “Saamana“, the Sena said the mandate has rejected the notion that elections can be swept by engineering defections and splitting opposition parties.
The Marathi daily said the “BJP broke the NCP” in such a way in run-up to elections that people wondered if the Sharad Pawar-led party had any future. “But the NCP bounced back crossing the 50-seat mark, while a leaderless Congress won 44 seats. The results were a warning to rulers not to show arrogance of power… it’s a rap on their knuckles,” said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
In the election BJP got 105 seats while shivsena only 56 .