Shiv Sena @50: Uddhav Thackeray wants alliance with BJP, but ‘with respect’

At rally, Sena chief asks workers to be ready to fight civic polls alone.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: June 20, 2016 10:29 am
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Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, his son and Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray, party leader Manohar Joshi and others address a rally in the NSE Grounds in Goregaon to mark the party’s 50 years.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said Sunday even though the party was not too keen on pulling the plug on its alliance with the BJP, Sainiks should be prepared to fight the municipal elections in the state on their own strength.

“I still do not know what will happen about the alliance. This alliance was on the issue of Hindutva and the Sena worked honestly in maintaining this alliance. I will decide on the future of the alliance but I want you to be prepared to win elections on our own strength,” Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said while addressing party workers at the NSE Grounds in Goregaon to mark the party’s 50 years.

The Sena has been in an uneasy power-sharing alliance with the BJP, which was visible by the loud boos that Sainiks uttered after Thackeray spoke about an alliance with the BJP. It has been trying to reassert its political identity ahead of the crucial BMC polls in 2017 and the Assembly elections in 2019.

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Thackeray added that even though he was not keen on breaking the alliance, he wanted to flesh out a relationship in which Sena’s self-respect was maintained. “We want an alliance where our self-respect will be maintained. The Sena will not run after you. I do not want to break this alliance, but the Sena will not accept an unequal alliance,” Thackeray said during his 45-minute speech.

He also said the Shiv Sena would one day attain power on its own strength in the state.

“We may be a regional party but we are an original party. We have not herded deserters from other parties together to seek power. People ask me it has been 50 years but the party has still not been able to win on its own. We will be in power on our own in the near future. The Sena has never run after power or sacrificed its principles,” Thackeray said, taking a snipe at the BJP.

He said various issues that had been taken up by national parties, including the Ram Janmabhumi agitation and the displacement of Kashmiri Pandits, were never completely addressed.

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“In Uttar Pradesh, you have the BJP talking about how Kairana is turning into Kashmir. What are you doing? You are in power at the Centre and in Kashmir too.

If Balasaheb Thackeray could provide protection to Kashmir Pandits sitting here in Mumbai, why can’t you do the same in Kairana,” Thackeray questioned.

He said the BJP seemed to have backtracked on various promises that it had made to the electorate before coming to power. He said the Sena was not explicitly challenging the BJP as it did not want to create a rift in Hindutva supporters.

“Our concern in the past has always been that the Hindutva votes should not split. For this reason, we have never fought elections outside the state. Even in Maharashtra, for so many years, we had given the BJP the space and support in constituencies that it was fighting,” Thackeray added.

He also took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the head of the country as well as chief ministers of states should not be allowed to campaign during elections.

The Sena chief lambasted the government and said situation in the country had remained the same. “There may be calls about the country changing, but the situation remains the same. China is intruding on our borders, terror attacks from Pakistan remain unabated, inflation is increasing. I do not want to criticise Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, but he should control price rise and take my ministers’ help in handing this crisis,” Thackeray added.

He justified joining the BJP-led government in Maharashtra and said he did so to ensure that a “bad omen” was not cast on a Hindutva-inspired government. The Sena had put up a dazzling show to celebrate it 50th foundation year. It was held indoors in fear of the Mumbai rains.

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    ButtD
    Jun 23, 2016 at 5:05 am
    Respect is earned and not begged.. today's ShivSena with advisors like Raut and Leaders like Uddhav, doomed to go down with each ping day.. with their immature and childish attack on BJP/Modi everyday.. worse than Kejriwal, at least he is in opposition.. if you have courage, walk out, if not shut your mouth,,
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      Dilip
      Jun 20, 2016 at 1:21 am
      Respect have to earned. Thuggery does not earn respect. First start behaving like a disciplined and treat everyone with respect, then expect to be respected.
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      1. अण्णाजी
        Jun 20, 2016 at 11:57 am
        50 years of Shivsena and 50 years of inferiority complex of Marathi manoos
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          ambrish
          Jun 20, 2016 at 1:12 pm
          AS LONG AS SS HAS FILTHY MOUTH AND GOONDAISM IN THEIR BLOOD, THEY WILL HAVE NO RESPECT. SHOW SOME MATURITY, SOME CONSTRUCTIVE PLANS FOR MAHARASHTRA WHICH INCLUDES ALL RESIDENTS - MARATHI SPEAKING OR OTHERWISE- SS HAS NO PLACE AS VIABLE POLITICAL PARTY. THEY ARE NARROW MINDED AND IN MYOPIC.
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            ashok s
            Jun 20, 2016 at 1:18 am
            Congrats, and wish your party a happy anniversary . but sir do something about Mira bhayander water problems. Hope you won't ignore my request
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              ah
              Jun 20, 2016 at 7:23 am
              tiger has learned to a Kitten ............ right now SS is a cha ddi of BJP ............... like chhote chai manga ..........
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                kamath Ramesh
                Jun 20, 2016 at 9:42 am
                Did Sena gave respect to BJP before embly election? Sena leader Raut said sena is not the taking party and giving party and BJP has to take whatever is given to them. Is this respect? BJP was asking seats which never won by sena in life time what was wrong with that. Anyway sena proved it is not reliable party.
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                  ASK
                  Jun 20, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                  This little mouse has no place in Maharashtra. It a sticky pad sometimes joins and sometimes break like a kid and makes empty noise with zero truth. Now father ped away children has no value in society.
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                    Pradeep Phadke
                    Jun 20, 2016 at 6:55 am
                    Udhhav doesn't know what he is talking. SS should take a realistic stand of making a 50:50 seat share arrangement with BJP for BMC polls and which ever party then wins more seats should nominate the Mayor. SS can not talk of contesting 2/3rd seats and ask for Mayor's post irrespective of the seats won. Be reasonable and realistic. If they don't enter in to an alliance and the many congresses do, then it will be a loss for SS as well as BJP.
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