Mumbai: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday slammed the Shiv Sena for "faking innocence" in its ongoing feud with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra. Before calling the two warring allies "Vikram and Betal", RSS stressed that it's high time both the parties answered to the people of Maharashtra.
In its mouthpiece Tarun Bharat, the RSS said, "We didn't know a person will be so affected by our one editorial. He forgot the name of one of the premier newspapers in the country (referring to Tarun Bharat)."
RSS was hitting back at Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's claims that he doesn't read publications like Tarun Bharat after RSS has called him a clown in an article.
The publication went on to claim that Shiv Sena is only faking innocence in the entire power tussle with BJP.
"This Vikram Betal jodi has to answer the people of Maharashtra now. Even Sharad Pawar has raised an objection to Sena's claims. Pawar clearly said in Delhi that he doesn't know from where Raut has derived the number of 175 MLAs with him," said RSS.
It should be noted that Sanjay Raut had claimed that his party has the support of over 170 MLAs in Maharashtra and if need be, Sena can form the government in the state without the support of the BJP.
There are reports that Shiv Sena is mulling over joining hands with the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress if talks with the BJP fails to materialise.
Speaking on Shiv Sena's potential alliance with the Congress, the RSS said, "Considering the pending elections in Delhi, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the future, Congress will never support Sena. Despite knowing this, Pawar went to meet Sonia Gandhi."
"Sharad Pawar knows this very well. His motive is simple to keep Sena playing like this and widen their differences with the BJP," further wrote RSS in Tarun Bharat.
Alliance partners Shiv Sena and BJP are at loggerheads regarding the share of power in the state. With Sena demanding 50-50 share in CM's post and ministerial berths and BJP vehemently denying those demands, the two parties are yet to reach an agreement.