Sena editorial hits back at BJP, says 'Jaitley-Swamy war exposes BJP's inner conflict'

Updated: 24 Jun 2016 05:36 AM
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Friday said the verbal volley between BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the remarks against Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, has brought the inner conflict of the saffron party to the fore.

"Both Swamy and Jaitley are from same party and the differences between them have brought the inner conflict of the BJP to the fore. We have affection for Swamy because of his fight for Hinduism and his initiatives against corruption," Sena said in its mouthpiece Saamna.

"What Dr. Swamy wants to prove by attacking two important positions of the Finance Ministry, is best known to him but to say that Swamy is being used by someone else to do this is wrong," the editorial said.

The Saamna editorial also pointed out that the election of Swamy to Rajya Sabha was done because Swamy is an economist, and he is also an old confidante of BJP.

"But the tussle involving Rajan, Jaitley, Swamy and Arvind Subramanian has only exposed the BJP's inner conflict," it added.

The Shiv Sena's mouthpiece further downplayed the Congress' allegation that the nation will see a new finance minister.

"The allegations made by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh that Swamy would be named as the Finance Minister of the country is foolishness," it said.

The party in its mouthpiece said it has got nothing to do with the economic conflict that erupted between RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, Prime Minister's Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and Dr. Subramanian Swamy.

The Shiv Sena also criticised people who raise eyebrows when Sena takes a stand and questions the stance of the government on internal security and Kashmir issues, saying those people are maintaining a stoic silence over their own party's conflicts.

"Neither Arun Jaitley belongs to Shiv Sena nor Swamy, so nobody should direct Shiv Sena for not criticising the BJP-led government while simultaneously being a part of it because, the truth always remains as truth," the editorial said.

It further said that Raghuram Rajan is not seeking a second term and the credit for his removal obviously goes to Swamy.