The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) sought an alliance with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. But Uddhav Thackeray rejected the proposal of AIMIM outright. The AIMIM chief, Asaduddin Owaisi’s party, failed to get any seats in the recent assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. Currently, Owaisi’s party is dubbed as the “B-Team of the BJP.”
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday rejected any coalition with the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). He dubbed Owaisi’s party the “BJP’s B-Team” and accused the opposition of attempting to harm the reputation of the Shiv Sena, which leads the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and its Hindutva in Maharashtra.
Uddhav Uddhav sticks to his words
Lashing out on both the RSS and the BJP for referring to his party as Janab Sena, Thackeray said that Khan or Janab should be added to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s name. He added: “People need to be shown that the BJP’s Hindutva is a hoax and influence Sainiks to unveil the BJP’s and RSS’s love for Muslims.”
We have seen how many pro-Pakistan things took place in his term… Should we call them the Pakistan Janta Party or Hizbul Janata Party? “He asked, while virtually addressing Sena functionaries, including 19 MPs, ahead of the party’s outreach programmes in Marathwada and Vidarbha.
In the past, they used to say Islam is under threat, but now they are saying Hindus are under threat. The purpose behind this is to spread fear. The Shiv Sena has never wanted to be known as the Janab Sena.We have not given up on Hindutva.
Looking at the game, AIMIM has offered to join the MVA for no reason. This is the real trick. The AIMIM would make the offer, and the BJP would respond with a barrage of criticism, claiming that Sena had abandoned Hindutva. We are not helpless before power like the BJP. It is unthinkable to go with AIMIM, “he said.
In a reference to the probe against former CM Devendra Fadnavis in the alleged police transfer leak case, Thackeray said BJP leaders were angry that police were recording their statements and were alleging the murder of democracy. He also hit out at Governor BS Koshyari for not approving MVA’s 12 nominations to the state legislative council.
They said that after the suspension of 12 MLAs, the Supreme Court gave them justice. But the Apex Court did not strike down the powers, nor did it set aside the suspension, it only reduced the period. These things need to be presented to the people. Wasn’t democracy murdered when the governor delayed the 12 MLC nominations recommended by the cabinet? ”
Thackeray, who heads Shiv Sena, virtually addressed a meeting of the party MPs and office-bearers here wherein he lashed out at the BJP, the former ally of Sena, on Hindutva and other issues.
Who has sought an alliance with the AIMIM? This is a game plan and a conspiracy by the BJP. The AIMIM and the BJP have an unstated understanding. The BJP has ordered the AIMIM to defame the Shiv Sena and raise questions about the Shiv Sena’s Hindutva. Accordingly, the AIMIM leaders are making an offer of alliance, “Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut unveiled this report, quoting Thackeray.”
At a press conference on Saturday, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Imtiaz Jaleel caused a stir by stating that his party could ally with the Shiv Sena-led MVA to prevent the BJP from coming to power, evoking sharp reactions from Sena.
The NCP and Congress were not far behind in criticising AIMIM. Both parties, who are the other two partners in the MVA, had said the AIMIM must prove that it was a “like-minded” party and not the “BJP’s B-team”.
According to Uddhav ji, the Shiv Sena will never join forces with the AIMIM. The Shiv Sena president also said that his party had never been associated with and will never be associated with those who bow before the grave of Aurangzeb, “Raut said.
The chief minister has asked Shiv Sena leaders to “destroy” those who are doubting Hindutva propagated by the party, he said.
Breaking his silence on AIMIM’s offer, NCP leader Sharad Pawar made it clear that the his party is not inclined to form an alliance with the Asaduddin Owaisi-led party.
Speaking to the media in Baramati on Sunday, the NCP supremo stated that he did not give too much importance to the tie-up offer as it was yet to be officially sanctioned by the central leadership of AIMIM. Apart from NCP, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray too ruled out the possibility of having any association with AIMIM, citing that it was the BJP’s “conspiracy” to defame Shiv Sena.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar remarked, “It can itself tell which party it wants to ally with. But the parties with which it wants to ally should say yes in the first place. This is a political decision.
If this decision has been proposed for Maharashtra by someone else, NCP doesn’t give the right to the state (unit) to take such a decision. Unless the national committee does not specify that the state unit can take such a decision, it cannot take such a decision in any state. That’s why the news about AIMIM in the last two-three days is not the decision of the party.
AIMIM’s coalition plan
On March 18, AIMIM proposed forming an alliance with Congress and NCP in Maharashtra so that it could no longer be accused of being the BJP’s B-team. AIMIM MP Imtiaz Jaleel made this offer in a meeting with Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope.
Briefing the media later, he admitted that the aforesaid parties would probably turn down the offer owing to opposition from the Shiv Sena. At the same time, Jaleel opined that this move would give no excuse to the “secular parties” who blame the Asaduddin Owaisi-led party for indirectly helping the BJP win.
Imtiaz Jaleel said, “The political parties which call themselves secular blame us wherever the BJP wins.” It is often said that the BJP wins because of AIMIM, and AIMIM is the B-team. So, I have given a proposal to an NCP Minister that we will go with you so that the debate ends once and for all. In Maharashtra, we would like to be allies with the NCP and Congress so that this allegation against us will be permanently erased. ”
The AIMIM leader further said, “But I know that they won’t agree as Shiv Sena is with them. Under any circumstances, the Shiv Sena will not want to ally with AIMIM. So, next time onwards, they won’t be able to say that (BJP lost) because of AIMIM. I have given him a proposal. Let us see whether they accept it or not. ”
Anyway, Uddhav Thackery’s stand is clear, and Shiv Sena never likes to shake hands with Owaisi to tarnish his party’s image in Maharashtra. The NCP and Congress will also like to keep a distance from Owaisi’s party.