Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Shah: MVA a rickshaw with mismatched parts

- HT Correspond­ents letters@hindustant­imes.com

BHOPAL/NANDED: The Opposition’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition of the Shiv Sena (UBT), National Congress Party (Sharadchan­dra Pawar) and Congress is like an autoricksh­aw with mismatched spare parts, Union home minister Amit Shah said during a rally in Nanded in Maharashtr­a, saying the alliance could “never do anything good” for the state.

“There is a pseudo-Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray, pseudo-NCP of Sharad Pawar and a leftover Congress in Maharashtr­a. These three parties are like an autoricksh­aw with mismatchin­g spare parts. How will it ever perform and do anything good for Maharashtr­a?” Shah said, during a campaign for BJP candidate and incumbent MP Pratap Patil Chikhalika­r.

“Such autoricksh­aws do not even have any direction, and no future. This (alliance) is going to sink for sure after the elections,” he said.Earlier in the day, Shah addressed rallies in Katni and Mandla districts of Madhya Pradesh, where he also tore into the Opposition’s INDIA bloc, calling the grouping “arrogant” and arguing that their victory in the upcoming polls would be a loss for “other backward classes”.

“Congress is an anti-OBC party. Whether Kakasaheb Kalelkar’s report or Mandal Commission’s report, every report was suppressed by Congress. But the BJP always works for their welfare,” he said.

In Nanded, Shah also said the BJP had renamed Aurangabad district Sambhajina­gar, to fulfil a demand of late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

Reacting to Shah’s remarks, Maharashtr­a Congress general secretary Sahin Sawant said: “The parties that Shah is describing pseudo were split as result of BJP’s immoral politics. As long as a vehicle like rickshaw is concerned, it is a vehicle for masses. Common man uses it. And the INDIA bloc represents the aspiration­s of common man, not the privileged ones.”

 ?? AMIT SHAH-X ?? Union home minister Amit Shah with Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mohan Yadav in Mandla on Thursday.
AMIT SHAH-X Union home minister Amit Shah with Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mohan Yadav in Mandla on Thursday.

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