Mumbai: As BJP`s alliance with JD-U is
put to severe test in Bihar, its oldest friend Shiv Sena Tuesday
sought to remind the party of the importance of partners,
saying its whole edifice stood on support of the allies.
"BJP`s edifice stands on the support of allies in
states and only if this support lasts, so will the `national
ethos`," Sena chief Bal Thackeray said in an editorial in the
party mouthpiece Saamana.
"No one can say today whether this coalition will last
or break," the Sena patriarch said.
Thackeray dubbed as `phatke` (blow) Bihar Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar cancelling the dinner for BJP leaders
and returning Rs 5 crore that the Gujarat government had
sent for Kosi flood relief.
"Such blows are raining everywhere...what to make of
them is to be decided by the recipient," Thackeray said.
On likelihood of Lalu Prasad`s RJD losing its status
as a national party following its poor showing in Jharkhand
Assembly Elections, Thackeray said, "We pray that nothing
untoward like this happens (to BJP)."
The editorial also comes in the backdrop of Sena`s
souring relations with BJP over standing committee chairman`s
post in Aurangabad municipal corporation.
Alleged Shiv Sainiks had attacked BJP leaders in
Aurangabad after the latter`s Raju Shinde defied his party`s
directive to step down as the standing committee chairman to
make way for a Sena candidate.