After the ceremony, Modi gave a speech where he claimed to have the support of 1.25 billion Indians in his campaign against black money, and also said the proposed Shivaji statue would become a money-spinner to drive the trillion dollar tourism industry.
Modi also initiated a slew of other infrastructural projects in Mumbai. Accompanied by a large number of BJP volunteers who had collected soil from Shivaji’s forts and water from the various rivers of Maharashtra, the event was seen as a show of strength by the party, which was flexing its muscles in Sena’s backyard, over the Sena’s favourite icon: Shivaji.
In the weeks leading up to the event, Shiv Sena had put up hoardings claiming credit for Shivaji’s legacy, and describing the event as a dream project of the late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.
BJP and Shiv Sena have had alliances to form the central and the state governments, but are yet to agree upon a seat-sharing formula for the upcoming civic polls. But with BJP corporators exposing irregularities in Sena-ruled BMC, the rank and file of Sena’s cadre is already jittery about the prospect of not being in power at the country’s richest civic body. Read More…
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