Mumbai: A day after securing just 63 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly polls, Shiv Sena on Monday said the state’s voters have not given a clear mandate to anyone.
In an editorial in the party mouthpiece `Saamana`, Shiv Sena expressed concern over uncertainty that prevails in Maharashtra after the Assembly Election results threw up a hung House with the Bharatiya Janata Party emerging as the single-largest party but short of a majority.
Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the editorial said the “wave” seen during the campaign lost its force even before reaching the shores and expressed doubts over stability of the state amid a hung House.
The BJP, Congress and NCP benefited from multi-cornered contests in the elections, Shiv Sena said and asked the voters if they are happy with the fractured verdict.
“Break up of the Sena-BJP alliance and division of votes due to four and five-cornered fights in all seats benefited BJP as well as Congress-NCP. The Sena-BJP split benefited Congress-NCP. Given the Lok Sabha results, both these parties could not have won more than 25 seats together,” an editorial in today’s issue of Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece said.
The Shiv Sena will not comment on how it views the results as of now, because what is important is the view of the “all powerful voters” who gave a fractured verdict, it said.
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“With no party getting a clear majority, there are doubts how the state will survive because of the instability,” the editorial said.
Taking a swipe at Modi and the BJP, the editorial said, the “wave” seen during the campaign had lost its force even before reaching the shores.
“In some places, there was more foam and less water in the wave,” it quipped.
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“People have not given a clear mandate to any party. Still, if people are blowing their victory trumpets, we congratulate them. We will continue to serve Maharashtra because Shiv Sena is born for that purpose only. More than our view on the post poll scenario, we would like to ask people if they are happy with the fractured verdict,” the editorial said and lamented that Maharashtra is again being pushed into instability and anarchy.
It said Shiv Sena fought a lonely battle for strong and united Maharashtra against “two powerful rulers”.
“BJP brought its Prime Minister and the entire Union Cabinet in the state as well as the party machinery from other states ruled by it. Despite all this, the success achieved by Shiv Sena is priceless. We thought Shiv Sena would get a clear majority based on the feedback received during the campaign,” it said.
While addressing a press conference yesterday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had said that nobody from the BJP has approached his party for support to form the next government in Maharashtra.
Speaking to newspersons, Thackeray made it clear that Shiv Sena would not approach the BJP with any proposal to support it in the government formation.
Emerging as the second-largest party after the BJP, the Shiv Sena’s position suddenly became tricky after the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party offered external support to help the BJP form a government.
The NCP decision has strengthened the BJP’s position and robbed the Sena of bargaining power for extending support.
Shortly after this, a senior BJP leader from New Delhi called up and spoke to Thackeray, but details of the conversation were not immediately available.
Thackeray said that if the BJP assured a ‘united’ Maharashtra, Shiv Sena could consider extending support, referring to the BJP plans to carve out Vidarbha state.