Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil on Thursday sought to clear the air about his “friendship with a tiger” remark and said his party does not want to be friends with a “cage tiger”.
Addressing a press conference organized on the occasion of his birthday, he also indicated that the BJP would prefer to contest the upcoming municipal elections in the state alone.
Elections to the municipal corporations of Mumbai, Pune and some other major cities are due in early 2022.
“Recently, I was at an event where a volunteer working in the wildlife sector gifted me a photo album with a replica of a tiger. Responding to his gesture, I told him that it would be a nice gift. And “we are always friends Tiger,” said Mr. Patil.
“However, media persons associated the remarks with Shiv Sena as the tiger is their symbol. It is true that we are always trying to befriend many people, but we would prefer to be friends with a tiger in the jungle and not in a cage. From a closed tiger.
Mr Patil’s previous comments had fueled speculation that the BJP was trying to reach out to the Shiv Sena, its former ally, which joined hands with the Congress and NCP, its ideological opponents, to form the MVA government in the state in November 2019. was.
The BJP leader, who is an MLA from Pune city, said that his party wants to retain its top position in Maharashtra and would like to contest the civic polls without forging an alliance with any political outfit.
“On my birthday, I have taken a political resolve to maintain the BJP’s number one position in the state by winning the upcoming civic polls without allying with anyone,” he said.
The former minister challenged the political parties in the state to contest the elections individually to see where they stand.
Mr Patil lauded the initiative of Girish Bapat, Lok Sabha MP from Pune city, to arrange for COVID-19 vaccination at home for the people of Kasba constituency who cannot go out due to health reasons.
On his birthday, Mr Patil donated 1,300 COVID-19 vaccination coupons to the economically weaker sections living in his assembly constituency Kothrud and CNG coupons to the autorickshaw drivers of the area.