Patna: Referring to attacks on north Indians in Maharashtra by activists of Shiv Sena and MNS, NCP on Sunday lashed out at BJP, saying that a party which takes support of the Thackerays for electoral success cannot be compassionate towards north Indians.
"How can you seek the support of jingoistic elements like Shiv Sena and MNS who brazenly attacked north Indian migrants in Mumbai and elsewhere in Maharashtra on a number of times in recent years... It proves that you are not compassionate towards north Indians," Union Minister Tariq Anwar told reporters here.
Reacting to reports that the BJP leadership had prevailed over MNS chief Raj Thackeray to not put up Lok Sabha poll candidates in Maharashtra to prevent a split in anti-Congress votes, Anwar said that the Narendra Modi-led party had gone ahead and solicited MNS`s support despite his vitriolic outbursts against north Indians.
Shiv Sena, led by Udhav Thackeray, is a constituent of the BJP-led NDA alliance.
On the MNS chief publicly stating that he would do whatever he could to ensure that Modi became the next prime minister, the senior NCP leader said that had exposed BJP`s gameplan for maximising its electoral success in Maharashtra.
Anwar said that a direct or indirect alliance between BJP and MNS would have an adverse bearing on the morale of north Indian migrants in Maharashtra and legitimise the latter`s agenda of "hate politics".
The NCP leader also took a potshot at the internecine conflict among top BJP leaders with its national president Rajnath Singh and sitting MP Lalji Tandon fighting over the Lucknow seat while the Varanasi seat witnesses a tug-of-war between Modi and the sitting MP MM Joshi.
It is ironical that the top BJP leaders, including Modi, were fighting over `safe seats` at a time when their party claims to be cruising to power at the Centre, Anwar said.
That reflects the lack of confidence among the top leaders of the party as to their electoral prospects, he added.
He also hit out at Gujarat Chief Minister Modi for nursing ambitions of being the prime minister and claimed that such an eventuality would be detrimental to the country`s unity and integrity.
He alleged that it was due to Modi`s mishandling of the Gujarat riots in 2002 that the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had wanted to sack him, according to a revelation by former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu.
Charging Modi with pursuing communal politics in order to win power at the Centre, Anwar said that the country cannot afford another partition due to such politics.
It was due to its commitment to a secular ideology and with a view to preventing the Modi-led BJP from coming to power that NCP has sewn up alliance with RJD and Congress in Bihar, said Anwar, who will be contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Katihar.