Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) remarks that the saffron flag needed purification of the Shiv Sena, the Shiv Sena said the BJP had no connection with the saffron flag. An editorial in the party’s mouthpiece Saamana said that the saffron flag of the Shiv Sena has been hoisted in the Brihanmumbai Metropolitan Municipality (BMC) for three decades and the BJP dared to remove it.
The ally-turned rival BJP and the Shiv Sena – the richest civic body in the country, are fighting for control over the BMC, for which elections are due in 2022. On Wednesday, Devendra Fadnavis said that the BJP would take over BMC after February 2022. BJP leader Ashish Shelar commented that the Shiv Sena’s saffron flag needed purification after he quit Hindutva with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party last November.
The editorial said on Friday that – BJP leaders did not say that they hoisted the saffron flag in Bihar after their recent victory. He joined the saffron flag after joining the Shiv Sena. This mumbai [नागरिक निकाय] But it has been going on since BJP was not with Shiv Sena. This saffron flag is pure, bright and effective. “
It also states that even though the BJP has included the descendants of Maratha warrior king Shivaji in its party, the saffron flag of Shivaji still belongs to the Marathi people. “Those who are conspiring to remove the original saffron flag of Marathi pride and Hindu fundamentalism are betraying Hindutva in the country,” the editorial said.