Lok Sabha Election 2019

CM, Uddhav continue poll campaign

United front: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in Nagpur on Friday.

United front: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in Nagpur on Friday.   | Photo Credit: S Sudarshan

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Fadnavis at Amravati rally says BJP-Sena alliance is strong and impenetrable

A day after the foot overbridge near CSMT station collapsed, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party controls the city’s civic body, and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis continued their poll campaign in Vidarbha’s Amravati.

Mr. Thackeray, who boasts about the pro-people attitude of the civic body being ruled by his party for over two decades, did not visit the accident site. The tragedy did not even find mention in his speech at Amravati.

His son, Aaditya, who tweeted about the tragedy and assured help to the injured, also did not visit the site. Manisha Kayande, party spokesperson and MLC, said, “Our Lok Sabha MP, Mayor were at the spot. The party chief has promised to provide all help and is monitoring relief work.”

However, Mr. Fadnavis, who also campaigned along with Mr. Thackeray on Friday in Vidarbha, visited the site in the morning. Mr. Fadnavis said the alliance was strong and impenetrable. He said, “The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is joining of hands of the Hindutva parties, which share a common ideology. It has stood its ground so far and will do so in future. Yeh Fevicol ka majboot jod hai! [It is a strong bond like that of Fevicol]. The alliance is impenetrable. Some people tried to separate us as they wanted to be in power, but once the alliance was announced, they started retreating.”

The BJP and Shiv Sena had last month announced a seat-sharing pact for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The BJP will contest 25 seats and Shiv Sena 23 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. Mr. Thackeray said he never allowed his party’s differences with the BJP harm the interests of the State.

Meanwhile, the Opposition slammed the BJP-Sena leadership and held them responsible for the tragedy as both parties control the civic, State and Central administration. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said, “If the Sena-BJP leaders have any shame left, they should sack the municipal commissioner and the mayor for not performing their duties. The civic administration is neither scared of penal action nor bothered about the citizens of the city.”

Jayant Patil, Nationalist Congress Party State unit president, said the Sena-BJP combine is more concerned about making announcements and raising slogans than actually doing work. “Both parties are more concerned about corruption than ensuring safety of citizens,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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