Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM is ‘BJP’s B team’, impossible alliance, says Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday rejected AIMIM’s suggestion for alliance with Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), saying those who bow before Aurangzeb’s grave cannot become Maharashtra’s ideal and dubbed the party led by Asaduddin Owaisi as “Team B”. of the BJP.
Imtiaz Jaleel, MP for All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen, has caused a stir in political circles by suggesting an alliance with the MVA, saying the dispensation can become a “comfortable car” from the three-wheeled autorickshaw that can prevent the BJP from coming to Power.
“AIMIM has a secret alliance with the BJP which was proven in the elections of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. AIMIM is a ‘B’ team of the BJP and will remain so. The MVA is a tripartite alliance and there is no room for a fourth partner,” Raut told reporters.
He said MVA partners revere Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj while AIMIM bows to Aurangzeb – the 17th century Mughal Emperor who had kept Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captive in Agra before the latter succeeded to escape.
In the Hindutva account, Aurangzeb is described as a fanatic who unsuccessfully attempted to crush Chhatrapati Shivaji in Deccan.
Mr Raut also mocked Union Minister and BJP MP Raosaheb Danve for claiming that 25 disgruntled MVA MPs were ready to boycott the current budget session and that several MPs are in contact with the BJP and will meet once the elections are close.
“He (Danve) might be inebriated from the Holi festivities. If he’s out of a stupor (drunk) after Holi, he might not remember what he said,” said declared Mr. Raut.
Earlier today, Mr Jaleel had said another wheel could be added to the MVA’s three-wheeled autorickshaw to make it a “comfortable car”.
“There is no more power in them (Shiv Sena) to defeat the BJP on their own. That’s why they need the support of Congress and NCP. I propose to add another wheel to the autorickshaw (of Maha Vikas Aghadi) and make it a comfortable car. We expelled the corporal who opposed the chanting of ‘Vande Mataram’ (in Aurangabad Municipality) and he joined the NCP now,” said Mr Jaleel, who heads AIMIM’s Maharashtra unit, told a Marathi news channel.
The Aurangabad MP had dismissed the idea that AIMIM was a BJP ‘B’ team.
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