Even as BJP is playing hardball with Shiv Sena by setting "transparency" as the main condition for tie-up for BMC polls, the Congress on Tuesday sought to drive a wedge, saying Sena is in such a "pitiable" condition that it has allowed itself to be labelled as "corrupt" by the ruling party.
The Congress' dig came a day after the ruling allies--BJP and Sena--resumed their seat-sharing talks for the February 21 elections to the 227-ward Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
Sena has been a major alliance partner in the country's richest civic body, which it has been ruling with the BJP for over 22 years. "Does Sena-BJP think that people are fools?" Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant asked.
The BJP has been accusing the Uddhav Thackeray-led party of indulging in corruption in the civic body.
Cong to go solo in Mumbai a 'short-term' thinking: Sule
NCP leader Supriya Sule on Tuesday said Congress' decision against an alliance with her party for the Mumbai municipal polls reflected its "short-term thinking" and a tie-up would be beneficial to both.
"Congress decision of not aligning with us for the Mumbai civic polls is due to short term thinking. The decision has been taken without giving any thought," she said.