Kick up another controversy, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has warned ally BJP that it has the "remote control of power" in Maharashtra.
The term "remote control of power" was popular during the era of party founder Bal Thackeray. Then it was alleged that Sena regularly used ‘remote control’ to keep Sena-BJP government under its command when the alliance was in power from 1995 to 1999.
"The Sena won fewer seats this time - 56 compared to 63 in 2014 - but it has the remote control of power. The dream that the Shiv Sena will drag itself behind the BJP is busted (after poll results)," Sanjay Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP, wrote in his column for "Saamna", the party's publication.
The BJP emerged as the largest party, with 105 seats to the Sena's 63, but finished below the majority mark of 146 in the 288-member house, leaving it dependent on the Sena to form a stable government. Sanjay Raut’s comment will add fuel into the current row kicked up by Sena chief Uddhav Thackaray demanding 50-50 sharing of power and CM post for his son Aditya Thackaray.
On Friday, Mr Raut had created another flutter by tweeting a cartoon showing a tiger (the Sena's party symbol) wearing a clock locket (the symbol of the opposition NCP) sniffing a lotus (BJP's party symbol).