‘Even dog considers himself a tiger when in power': Shiv Sena's jibe at Fadnavis
With the audio clip released by Uddhav Thackeray sending political temperatures soaring in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut has said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is "full of arrogance".
Ahead of the Palghar Lok Sabha by-poll on May 28, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray released an audio clip, purportedly of Devendra Fadnavis, in which he can be heard asking BJP workers to use all possible means to win the by-election.
"Chief Minister is full of arrogance. We have all seen that in politics, even a dog starts considering himself a tiger after coming to power," Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut told news agency ANI today (May 26) when asked about the audio clip.
Thackeray released the audio clip while addressing a rally last night (May 25) in Palghar. The BJP alleged that the Sena had tampered with the audio clip and that it would release its complete version soon. The party said it would also complain to the EC about the "misuse of technology.
Fadnavis was purportedly heard saying in the clip, "If somebody is challenging our existence in Palghar and has betrayed our trust, back-stabbed us while calling itself our ally, then they should be taught a lesson. We should not be sitting quietly now. We should launch a big attack and show them what the BJP is."
"If we want to win this election, then an answer has to be given in the same measure...Give an answer by using 'saam, daam, dand, bhed' (negotiation, money, punishment and division). Do not tolerate anybody's bullying. On the contrary, bully them...I will stand behind you," he purportedly said.
After releasing the audio, Thackeray demanded action against Fadnavis by the Election Commission (EC). Opposition Congress and NCP also demanded an EC probe into the clip.