Although a Shiv Sena spokesperson clarified on 2 November that the booklet was not officially compiled by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party, this development could further damage the already strained relationship between the two parties.
The Sena clarified that the booklet had been distributed after its meeting the previous evening, and that party chief Thackeray had already left the place by then.
The 56-page booklet lists 20 “national scams” of the “transparent BJP” from the time it assumed power at the Centre, and also the scams that were allegedly “committed by the party leaders, besides the quantum of scams during the BJP’s tenure from 1999 to 2004”.
On the proceedings of the meeting, Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe said Thackeray asked the cadres to further increase the organisational strength up to the booth level and ensure that the loan waiver scheme, announced under the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, is implemented without any hiccups.
Interestingly, the Sena has recently hit out at the BJP-led state government over ‘hasty’ implementation of the Rs 34,022-crore loan waiver scheme for farmers.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier confirmed the reports that Rane, who recently left the Congress to float Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha, would be inducted into the government in the next Cabinet expansion, expected to take place before the Winter session of Maharashtra Legislature in December.
(With PTI inputs)