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Saamana editorial says social media used by BJP for running down the Opposition has now begun to unmask the saffron party

The Shiv Sena, on Monday, accused its ally BJP of getting “intolerant” towards criticism on social media, saying it was this platform that greatly helped the party win elections.

In an editorial published in its mouthpiece – Saamana – the Maharashtra-based party says that the central government should introspect and correct itself where it has erred, rather than showing intolerance towards criticism.

The party, led by Uddhav Thackeray, which has in recent months become vocal in its disapproval of several policies of the BJP government and causes espoused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hit out at its decades-old ally for its hypocrisy over targeting of political leaders on social media platforms.

“The BJP government’s stand is that the prime minister, the president and the chief ministers should not be insulted and that people should be patient. However, where did this call for patience and good manners disappear when Manmohan Singh was time and again made fun of when he was the prime minister,” the Sena editorial wonders.

The editorial said the BJP’s situation is such that “it is getting bogged down in a pit it dug for somebody else” and added: “The social media, which it (the BJP) used for running down the Opposition and spread falsehood has now begun to unmask the BJP and in retaliation, the youth who are speaking out are being strangled.”

“The BJP is coming up with a deadly legislation that it had opposed. Hence, the youth should think before continuing to express themselves over the social media. They should be prepared to go to jail for expressing freely over the social media,” the editorial added.

“The government gets intolerant when it is ridiculed by the youth when its promises turned out to be false after coming to power. The prime minister should declare if there is no freedom to air one’s views about the government or the BJP,” the editorial says further.

(With Agency inputs)

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