Maharashtra BJP chairman Chandrakant Patil on Thursday sought to clarify his statement of “tiger friendship” and said his party did not want to be friends with a “caged tiger”.
Addressing a press conference held on his birthday, he also said the BJP would prefer to challenge the upcoming civic elections in the state alone.
Municipal corporations in Mumbai, Pune and other major cities are due to stand for election in early 2022.
“Recently, I was in a program where a volunteer working in the field of wildlife gave me a photo album with a replica of a tiger. Reacting to his gesture, I told him it was a nice gift. and “we are still friends with tigers,” Mr. Patil said.
However, the media linked these remarks to the Shiv Sena because the tiger is their symbol. It is true that we always try to befriend a lot, but we would love friendship with a forest tiger and not one. caged tiger. “
Mr Patil’s previous remarks had fueled speculation that the BJP was seeking to reach out to the Shiv Sena, its former ally who partnered with Congress and the NCP, its ideological opponents, to form the MVA government in the Status as of November 2019.
The BJP leader, who is an MP for the city of Pune, said his party wanted to maintain its dominant position in Maharashtra and would like to participate in the municipal elections without entering into an alliance with any political group.
He said: “On my birthday, I made a political resolution to maintain the BJP’s number one position in the state by winning the next municipal election without making an alliance with anyone.”
The former minister challenged the state’s political parties to individually fight the elections to see where they stand.
Mr Patil applauded the initiative of Pune Lok Sabha City MP Girish Bapat to organize COVID-19 home vaccination for people in Kasaba constituency who cannot relocate due to health reasons.
On his birthday, Mr. Patil donated 1,300 COVID-19 vaccination coupons to people in the economically weaker section residing in Kothrud, his constituency, and CNG coupons to rickshaw drivers in the area. .