The Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamna' has slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Government at the Centre and has dubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) ideologue Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as HMV, that is 'His Master's Voice,' which regulates the tenets of the saffron party.
The Shiv Sena further likened RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat with a statue worthy of being a President and opined that his name should have been nominated by the BJP for the post of the President.
"Had the BJP nominated Bhagwat's name, there would have been celebrations all across the country. From building a 'Hindu Rashtra' to suppressing Pakistan, Sangh has played an important role. But the expectation of the people was not fulfilled," the article read.
In a rather sardonic tone, the article said that it is nothing great if the people expect some out-of-the-world act by Prime Minister Modi, as the same would be expected from the President of the nation too.
"Bhagwat has expressed that people should closely study Prime Minister Modi's personality and that he is a harbinger of social change. At a time when Kashmir is burning and there is an attack on innocent Amarnath yatra pilgrims, then having such expectations from the Prime Minister means there is some substance in it," the article read.
The article further said that because Sangh claimed that such a Prime Minister is needed who can curb the violence in the Valley and counter Pakistan, and therefore, Prime Minister Modi was elected.
"The Swayamsevaks worked day and night for the same and that is why Indians have great expectations from Prime Minister Modi," it read.
"What is wrong if people expect the Prime Minister to be a hero and do wonders? People would expect the same from anybody sitting at the topmost position," it added.
However, in an another attack, the article suggested that the mentality of the people here and the illusion makes people expect something from the position, and not from the person.
"Only Mahatma Gandhi and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray were exceptions to this," the article said.
Coming down to the two things, for which the BJP Government has faced flak, the article said the brunt of demonetization and the Goods and Service Tax (GST) was bored by the common man the most.
"Our assumption of demonetization and the GST affecting the common man turned out to be true," it said.
Concluding in an assertive way, the article read that whom will they keep their expectations from if not from the Prime Minister.
"There are expectations from the Prime Minister. If not from him, then from whom? He is BJP's 'his master voice'. We are people's loudspeaker and our voice will echo," it said.