The Shiv Sena taunted the BJP for the “sacrifice” of giving CM’s post in Bihar to a party which stood third, while denying the same to the Sena after Maharashtra elections last year.
An editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ also wondered how long Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will hold ground under the “burden of favour” and if he will take a new route. In the recently concluded Bihar polls, the BJP bagged 74 seats, while its ally JD(U) won 43. The RJD emerged as the single largest party with 75 seats in the 243-member Assembly.
“The Shiv Sena was not given the chief minister’s post in Maharashtra after BJP got more seats. But gave the crown of chief minister’s post to the party which was relegated to third position in Bihar. What generosity! There will be shortage of ink to describe this sacrifice in politics,” the ‘Saamana’ editorial said.
In the Maharashtra assembly BJP 105, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54, Congress 44. But post poll alliance saw Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress forming an alliance with Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister and Ajit Pawar as Deputy Chief Minister.
It said BJP leaders like Chandrakant Patil and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari are of the view that the state is being run by NCP chief Sharad Pawar. “All these (leaders) should keep an eye on who exactly will run Nitish Kumar’s government in Bihar now on,” it said.