Expressing displeasure over the secret meeting between Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and his uncle Sharad Pawar in Pune on Saturday, Shiv Sena (UBT) Monday said that the frequent meetings of Ajit and Sharad Pawar would tarnish the image of veteran leader Sharad Pawar and it is not good.
The Sena also raised suspicion whether it was BJP’s tactics to deliberately send Ajit Pawar to such meetings and create confusion among people.
“The recent visit of uncle-nephew (Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar) is turning out to be amusing. Maharashtra does not know whether to laugh or get angry and also at whom. Sharad Pawar’s image is getting tarnished by such meetings and that is not good,” the Shiv Sena UBT said in the editorial of its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
The Sena UBT further said that Dy CM Ajit Pawar is frequently visiting Sharad Pawar and “it is interesting that Sharad Pawar does not avoid” them. Some visits are said to have taken place openly, some have taken place secretly.
While ridiculing the meetings, the Sena also took a dig at Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who had fallen sick and gone to his native village for a few days, linking his illness to Ajit Pawar joining the government.
Taking swipes at Shinde, the editorial said that Shinde’s sudden illness came after the news of the change of guard in the state.
“In the digital age of politics, nothing remains secret. Four days ago, Home Minister Amit Shah came to Pune and during that visit, CM Shinde’s illness worsened after the news of change of guard in the state was secretly broken and that resulted in the worsening of Shinde’s health,” Sena wrote in the editorial.
“When Ajit Pawar and his supporting MLAs joined hands with the BJP, Eknath Shinde and his group became the biggest joke. Now Shinde has fallen ill and his condition has deteriorated very much. Shinde worked 24 hours, so he got sick,” the Sena said, adding that now CM Shinde’s round-the-clock work is nowhere visible in Maharashtra.
“It cannot be called working 24 hours if they lose sleep over the fear of losing their position,” Sena ridiculed.
“When Shinde falls asleep, he rests on his farm in Satara by helicopter. That means ‘work for 24 hours and rest for the next 72 hours’ is the formula of his life,” the editorial said.