In an embarrassing situation for the BJP government, NDA ally Shiv Sena boycotted Lok Sabha’s discussion on the motion of censure against the Narendra Modi government on Friday. The Seine shares power with the BJP both in the Center and in Maharashtra. When asked if this could lead to a breakup, a source in the Seine said: “Let us see … We are not worried”.
The boycott decision passed a three-line scourge issued by Chandrakant Khaire, leader of Sena in Lok Sabha on Thursday, and asked all party deputies to be present in the House on Friday and support the government during the vote of confidence . The Sena deputies did not sign the attendance record on Friday.
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The sources said that Khaire uttered the whip when told by the floor leader, Anandrao Adsul. According to reports, the BJP floor managers approached Adsul and gave him the draft of the whip. Khaire had acted despite a word from Mumbai before the final instructions were transmitted on Friday morning.
On Friday, Khaire said, “Do not talk about yesterday, talk about today. Our decision is to boycott the discussion.”
The action of Khaire, according to the sources, had annoyed the head of the Seine, Uddhav Thackeray, and provoked a prompt response. What followed was the decision to abstain, and an attack on the Modi government and the BJP in Saamana, the party’s spokesman.
The leader of Sena’s parliamentary party and Saamana’s executive editor, Sanjay Raut, said: “Our party chief had decided that our members would not go to Lok Sabha today and decided that we maintain neutrality.” Although he agreed that Sena is with the government, Raut added, “There is an element of distrust among the people …. We have lost the trust of the people.”
Raut also said that Rahul Gandhi’s gesture of giving Modi a hug was not a “jaadoo ki jhappi”, but it gave him a scare.
Facing the Modi government, the editorial in Saamana declared: “Those who govern the country today are butchers, who save animals but kill humans.” There is an absolute lack of compassion (in the minds of those who govern the country) … Winning elections and staying in power by hook or by crook is not democracy, the majority is never permanent, people are supreme. ”
He said: “Winning a majority no longer means that it is a mandate of the people, now it has become a tool to fall into the dictatorship, in order to seek votes, great promises are made, they play with the feelings of the people for political purposes. But jumlas (rhetorical) elections never come true. ”
Affirming that the TDP, which moved the motion of no confidence, was once part of NDA and the leader of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, Raju Shetti, who led the milk racket in Maharashtra, was also an ally, the Seine called on the government to ” introspect “why if they had left the alliance.