Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis may now hold the key to completion of Thackeray’s home project, with sources confirming the matter has been referred to the urban development (UD) department led by him.
Though the BJP leadership knows that Sena is the best bet and most suitable partner when it comes to ruling Maharashtra, the party has plan B in place, in case the Sena pulls out of the alliance. The BJP has 122 seats in the 288-seat state assembly.
“For the PM’s dream project of a bullet train the Maharashtra chief minister is willing to spend Rs 40,000 crore. However, on the issue of Maratha reservation, by setting up a sub-committee, he has used the Congress party’s tried method of prolonging taking a decision,” said the editorial Saamana
“The only discussion we had today was on how to strengthen the party base further. Gram panchayat elections are round the corner and today’s discussions centred on strategies the party should adopt for these elections,” said Sena MP Sanjay Raut.
“I have got news about the Cabinet expansion only from media. I have not enquired about it (from the central BJP leadership). I have neither received any communication from anybody nor are we hungry for power,” Thackeray told reporters in Mumbai.
The Sena chief said, “….You stop the rains then…Tell me what should I do. Do not think that you have the sole monopoly over Mumbai. We do serve the people, which is why they vote us back to power.”
“What action has been taken after the Gorakhpur tragedy? The BJP said strict action (would be taken) but there has been no action so far. It seems it will take action after the death of some more children,” he said.
Uddhav Thackeray said the people of Thane reposed faith in the party by electing it to rule the civic body with a clear majority in the elections held early this year. He said unlike some other parties, the Sena does not believe in giving empty promises.
Uddhav Thackeray gave his remarks in an interview given to his party mouthpiece Saamana. The three-part interview — its concluding part was released on Tuesday — is an annual rite of the Sena in which the party chief lays down his opinion on a gamut of issues. In the previous two installments published earlier this week, Thackeray attacked the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Thackeray said, “The government came up with a concept of providing Rs 10,000 per farmer till the loan waiver scheme is being worked out. The financial assistance was announced as a relief to farmers who may need it to purchase seeds and fertilisers.”
Uddhav Thackeray also pointed out how he was the first to speak out against demonetization as it created immense hardships for the masses, they stood months in queues, many died, but nobody bothered.
Uddhav Thackeray said the Shiv Sena-ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has gone good pre-monsoon work related to desilting, road repairs and identifying flooding spots and putting mitigation measures in place.
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Calling the attack on pilgrims in Anatnag as a ‘terrible incident’, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that “terror attack on temples of Hindus are possible only in this country.”
The occasion was the foundation stone laying ceremony for the widening of the Mumbai-Goa highway in Sindhudurg’s Kudal. The former CM was seen welcoming Uddhav and his wife Rashmi at the event. In their speeches on the occasion, both leaders made it a point to mention one another.