In one of the severest criticisms yet from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday alleged that the Shiv Sena is being run on ‘percentage’ money.
Addressing a public meeting at Vile Parle on Thursday, Gadkari said that the Sena had no vision. What is the use of 20 years’ rule without any vision, he questioned. The Sena cannot swear on Shivaji Maharaj's name on the issue of transparency, he claimed. Better infrastructure hurts corporators, officers, and party high command alike as it drains their source of money, he alleged. The mayors of Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi have approached him to seek funds for different projects but the mayor of Mumbai never came to meet him, Gadkari claimed. He challenged anyone to prove any case of corruption in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, saying he would retire from active politics if proven.
“Politics cannot be the means to earn money. I would not give an inch of BPT land to builders,” said Gadkari, assuring Mumbaikars that his party would beautify the city's sea coast. In another rally held at Reay Road, Gadkari reiterated his stance, “I appeal to Shiv Sena leaders to swear by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and say that the functioning of the BMC in the last 20 years was really transparent.”
Republican Party of India (RPI (A) president and Union Minister of State Ramdas Athawale, BJP spokesperson Madhu Chavhan and BJP leader Shaina NC were present on the dais. Gadkari also criticised the Congress and its leader Sonia Gandhi.