The sacrifice​ of martyrs being used by BJP for vote bank​: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena has launched the attack on Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ally saying that those seeking votes on the basis of the martyrdom of brave jawans’ are ‘culprits’ and should be held responsible for politicising the sacrifice of our brave-hearts.

In an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena says that those ‘questioning the authenticity’ of air strike are equally responsible for ‘insulting’ the valour of our forces.

The editorial reads, “To blame political opponents by calling them anti-nationals is inappropriate.It is a breach of freedom of expression. There has been a rise in the number of cases wherein politicians have claimed credit for the post-Pulwama attack on Pakistan. Many leaders have also put up banners claiming that it was their political parties – and not the Indian Armed Forces – which took revenge of the Pulwama attack.”

The editorial further said that, Saffron party MPs have been addressing rallies wearing Indian Army fatigues. Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari was recently seen wearing a military uniform and urging people to vote for the BJP… Acts such as these substantiate the allegations by the opposition parties that the air strikes were conducted for political gains.’

Meanwhile, Election commission has announced dates for Lok Sabha polls 2019. In Maharashtra, where Shiv Sena is ain alliance with the BJP, the elections will be held in four phases between April 11-29. Despite airing voices of discontent, the two parties sealed a deal to face the ballot together.