Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray Backs AAP’s Sit-In

NEW DELHI: Amid the tug of war between the AAP dispensation and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called up Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and apprised him about the situation in the national capital.
Media advisor to Mr Thackeray, Harshal Pradhan, said Mr Kejriwal called Mr Thackeray yesterday. “Uddhav ji feels that the duly-elected government by people of Delhi should be allowed to function sans any hindrance in its working,” he said.
“This, however, does not amount to the Shiv Sena, a key NDA constituent, supporting Kejriwal and the AAP,” Mr Pradhan said, dismissing media reports in this connection.
The AAP-led government is locked in a war with L-G Anil Baijal over administrative issues since a week.
The AAP today thanked the Shiv Sena and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for supporting it against the “unprecedented murder of democracy” in Delhi.
“It is a true statesmanship to stand up for democracy keeping aside differences,” AAP spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon said.
The MNS had last week asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi if it was not his job to resolve the deadlock between Mr Kejriwal and bureaucrats which was causing “inconvenience” to people
MNS spokesperson Anil Shidore, in a tweet, had also asked if PM Modi allegedly wanted to suggest that people would get facilities only if the BJP is in power from the centre to the local-level.
“Kejriwal called up Uddhav ji yesterday. He gave information about the situation in Delhi, to which Uddhav ji said no hurdle be created in the functioning of a duly-elected government. Instead, they should be extended all cooperation,” he said.
“This does not amount to supporting Kejriwal and his party. The Shiv Sena only wants to say that when people have given the AAP an opportunity to serve them, allow them to do so,” Mr Pradhan said.
Ms Menon said Mr Kejriwal had called up Mr Thackeray, who assured support to the AAP over the issue despite the parties being “poles apart ideologically”.
”Uddhavji has assured support to our party on the issue. I thank the Shiv Sena and the MNS for supporting AAP against the unprecedented murder of democracy in Delhi,” she said.
In a statement, the AAP leader added, “Ideologically, our parties are poles apart, and we disagree on most things. But it is true statesmanship when parties can put their policies and differences aside and stand up for democracy and Constitution.”