It is not the opposition but the ally Shiv Sena that went hammer and tongs against the BJP government at the centre which played spectator when the millionaire jeweller Nirav Modi fled the country after looting the Punjab National Bank. Shiv Sena’s mouth piece Saamana in its editorial said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of creating a corruption-free India had completely failed. The editorial asked when earlier an FIR was filed against Nirav Modi, how he managed to go to Davos and meet PM Modi along with other industrialists. In a taunt, the editorial suggested that Nirav Modi should be appointed the governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
The Shiv Sena said the promise of transparent India was laid bare in just three years. The loot of hundreds and thousands of crore has replaced the corruption of crore of rupees. Shiv Sena’s spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut said when two Modis left India permanently the third keeps coming back. Shiv Sena is also sore because its chief Uddhav Thackeray was not invited to the PM’s programme in Mumbai. The party has so far not withdrawn from the centre and the Maharashtra cabinet, but declared that the Shiv Sena would go it alone in the 2019 elections. The party is in the forefront to blast the BJP and the Prime Minister for their erring policies and blunders.
The Shiv Sena also castigated the Modi government that farmers were left high and dry so far and now in the present budget the government tried to wipe out their tears and that too not to their full satisfaction.
In Patna, the BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha mocked at the government explanation that Nirav Modi was not included in the PM’s official team. He attended the meeting on his own.