A day after Maharashtra Assembly election results showed a dip in BJP’s tally compared to 2014 polls, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut posted a cartoon to take a dig at his party’s senior alliance partner. The cartoon, posted by Raut on his verified Twitter account, shows a tiger (Shiv Senas party symbol) wearing a clock locket (NCPs party symbol) sniffing a lotus (BJPs party symbol).
While the post is captioned “bura na maano Diwali hai” to denote that it was made in jest, the underlined message echoes with what former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan sought to convey about the the Sena, NCP and Congress coming together to prevent BJP from retaining power in Maharashtra.
Chavan had on Thursday spoken of an “interesting possibility”, that of the Sena, NCP and Congress aligning to upset the BJP’s applecart.
In the 288-member Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, while ally Sena bagged 56. The NCP bagged 54 seats and the Congress emerged victorious in 44 seats. Chavan said the results have thrown up an “interesting possibility”, but stopped short of indicating if the Congress and NCP will align with the Sena – which he termed as the ‘lesser evil’ (compared to BJP) – to form the next government in Maharashtra.