MUMBAI: BJP's alienated NDA ally Shiv Sena has once again attacked the saffron party over its doublespeak on its alliance with the Maharashtra-based party and its over-confidence that it can win maximum seats in the state in the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019. In a strongly worded article in its mouthpiece Saamana, the party said, ''With EVM and shallow confidence, lotus can blossom even in London and America.''
The Saamana article said taking a dig at the ruling party ''At a rally, Fadnavis said that his party will win one seat more - 43- in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. Fadnavis should be praised for his self confidence and for saying last week in presence of BJP chief Amit Shah that his party will win 43 seats this time. The party had wo0n 42 seats in Maharashtra in the last elections. Fadnavis even boasted of defeating NCP chief Sharad Pawar in his party bastion Baramati. With this kind of confidence, the party can easily win no less than 548 seats on its own,''.
However, the Uddha Thackeray-led party also attacked the Centre and the state government in Maharashtra over a wide range of issues including the farmers' distress, the ongoing Rafale row, faulty EVMs and irresponsible statements being made by the saffron leaders these days. The Maharashtra-based party also took a swipe at an 'over-confident' BJP for its repeated claims of winning at least 43 out of 48 seats in the state.
The party also asked why the ruling party failed to deliver on its promise to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya. In the Sena article asked ''Why did not the lotus blossom in Ayodhya,''. Uddhav Thackeray-led party also attacked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for recently claiming the BJP was not helpless but seriously wanted to save its alliance with Shiv Sena.