Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday said that there was no differences within the Mahayuti alliance.

Speaking at a conclave organised by Marathi news channel ABP Majha a week ahead of the fifth and last phase of polling in Maharashtra, the CM maintained there were no differences within the Mahayuti alliance, consisting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Ajit Pawar, over sharing seats in Lok Sabha elections 2024.

Of the 48 parliamentary seats in the state, the BJP is contesting on 28, the Shiv Sena on 15, the NCP on four and Rashtriya Samaj Paksha on one.

CM Shinde also hit out at rival Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT), saying their brand of Hindutva and nationalism means drafting 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts accused Iqbal Musa alias Baba Chauhan to campaign for them in the Lok Sabha elections 2024, reported the PTI.

“A 1993 bomb blasts accused was campaigning for one of their (Shiv Sena-UBT) candidates. This is their Hindutva and nationalism. The one who killed scores of people and was behind blast, and they made a discovery that (then-Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant) Karkare did not die of (26/11 terrorist Ajmal) Kasab`s bullets,” CM Eknath Shinde said, according to the PTI.

CM Shinde also claimed the Shiv Sena headed by him will win all the 15 Lok Sabha seats it is contesting in Maharashtra, which sends 48 members to the Lower House of Parliament.

With regards to the 1993 blasts accused, Shinde was referring to the BJP`s allegations that Iqbal Musa alias Baba Chauhan was seen in a campaign rally of Shiv Sena (UBT) Mumbai North West Lok Sabha seat candidate Amol Kirtikar.

The allegations were denied by Musa as well as Amol Kirtikar, both of whom claimed they did not know each other.

Congressman Vijay Wadettiwar, the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, had claimed 26/11 prosecution lawyer and BJP candidate from Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha seat, Ujjwal Nikam, hid the information that Karkare wasn`t killed by Kasab, but fell to a bullet fired by a policeman linked to the RSS.

(with PTI inputs)

Source link