Nagpur/Mumbai: The posters erected at various parts of city mentioning that “a person from Nagpur (read Fadnavis) will transform Mumbai has evoked sharp reactions from BJP. Mumbai BJP Chief Ashish Shelar without naming Shiv Sena made a reference to the party by saying that those responsible for installing posters must reveal their identity.
He said, “Persons installing the posters are impotent. Those people who had erected hoardings must disclose their identity. We will give a befitting reply to such persons by undertaking developmental work and transforming Mumbai into a world class city. Earlier Nitin Gadkari had taken steps to develop Mumbai and now Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has taken this initiative.”
“This (the posters) is the work by someone who is afraid of our party’s development agenda,” added Shelar.
Earlier Fadnavis had issued a statement that the metropolis’s development will be undertaken by a Nagpur resident.
He said, “When I leave the CM’s post, people of Mumbai will have to remember that a person from Nagpur transformed the city.”
Subsequently posters have cropped in the city mentioning about his comments.
“The person from Nagpur should instead keep Maharashtra united,” one such poster says.
“On the other hand, a person from Mumbai will ensure that Maharashtra is kept united, along with Mumbai,” the poster added.
The poster does not mention name of any party, amid speculation that it may be work of bickering ally Shiv Sena which is seeing to thwart BJP’s ambition of wresting control of India’s richest civic body.
Thus the war of words between BJP and Shiv Sena has already begun ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election. BJP is trying to wrest the control of the civic body from Sena which is now in power. Ever since the BJP had come to power after winning the 2014 state assembly election the party has trying to play the role of big brother. Whereas Sena always criticised the mode of the functioning of the BJP led government through its mouthpiece Saamna.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena claimed that the next Mayor will be elected from the party. He appreciated the BJP for supporting Sena to carry out the developmental work of the city. He also lauded Fadnavis who himself was present during the inauguration of various projects in the city.
Source : afternoonvoice