MUMBAI: Even after scoring in the state elections, the ruling BJP hasn’t caught a break from its oldest but most fault-finding ally, the Shiv Sena.
“The Modi magic has not worked. It is unfortunate but the BJP hasn’t achieved great success in these states,” the Sena has said in its mouthpiece Saamna.
The BJP won Assam and made in-roads in Kerala and West Bengal in results Thursday that heartened the party after its debacle in Bihar in November.
The Sena, which is a part of the Maharashtra government and also the Centre, is far from impressed.
“The BJP defeated the Congress in Assam but couldn’t defeat Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee or the Left. We must accept the truth that the BJP couldn’t defeat regional parties,” said the Sena.
Acknowledging that the “thorn of the Bihar loss that had entered deep is now out”, the party, however, stressed that just “opening an account” in two states was not enough.
“Corruption, terrorism, hooliganism had all increased and a Mamata-Mukt Bengal was needed. But Bengalis have given the rasgulla of victory only to Mamata. If opening their account in Bengal was the only goal, then PM, Amit Shah and top party leaders wouldn’t have campaigned,” it said.
The Sena also quipped: “In Kerala, the acche din for BJP was to just open their account.”