Lok Sabha elections 2019: Shiv Sena says Rahul-Priyanka’s stock up since 2014, but no match to Narendra Modi’s leadership

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhis development book has improved much since 2014 and he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadras support, but they cannot be compared with Prime Minister Narendra Modis leadership, the Shiv Sena said on Wednesday. The remarks by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party came two days after it sealed a pre-poll alliance with the BJP after years of bickering and criticism of its policies and leaders. Responding to opposition criticism of the seat-sharing pact, the Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, said questions on tie-up are less in the minds of people but much more among political opponents as these insects will be crushed due to the alliance. Referring to Modis stewardship, it said, Rahul Gandhis book of development has improved much since 2014 and he has Priyankas help. However, they cant be compared with Modis leadership. Asserting that the party is not helpless for power, the editorial said there are several questions – like why did it ally with the BJP despite differences in 2014, will the Ram Temple be constructed, will there be Senas chief minister – and their answers are positive. Instead of replying to questions on the alliance, it is better that the arrangement made for the benefit of Maharashtra is taken ahead, it said. The Marathi daily said BJP president Amit Shah himself came to Sena chief Uddhav Thackerays suburban residence Matoshree. Read Also| Donald Trump says no rush to see North Korea denuclearize Thackeray told him what he had to and it was finally decided to give the alliance another chance. Maintaining that there was no enmity between the Sena and the BJP, it said if (Bihar chief minister and JD-U head) Nitish Kumar could join the NDA despite differences of opinion with Modi and if the Congress could forge a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), then the Sena has always been a part of the BJP-led coalition. The Sena said there was resentment in 2014 against the Congress and its allies and there was a wave in favour of Modi. However, in 2019, the wave has receded and elections have to be fought not on the back of the wave, but on ideology, development works and future, it added.

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