Taking a dig at the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday sought to remind the prime minister that he had promised ‘acche din’ and that he cannot take people for a ride.
“Even 50 years would fall short for removing the dirt of past 50 years. But a lot can be done in five years. Make efforts to protect the sentiments of the people. They should not be let down. You had promised acche din…now cannot take people for a ride,” said Thackeray said.
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In a three-part interview in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna, – the first appeared today – Uddhav indirectly praises Modi and makes no bones of the fact that Sena has been getting a raw deal from the BJP when it came to sharing power whether at the Centre or at the state.
Pointing out that the nation and people have hopes from Modi, Uddhav said, “If there is anbody who can do something it is Narendra Modi. That is the belief among the people even today. But that change should happen soon.” He adding, “Fortunately, the one who we can call as a strong leader is at the helm at the Centre.”
Uddhav also sought to know from Modi as to where Sena stands in the NDA’s scheme of things. “If we are together in power, then what is our exact relationship. Who are we? Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. One NDA meeting has been held which is a good beginning… let’s see what happens in future,” Uddhav said.
Uddhav said the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance forged by Balasaheb Thackeray 25 years ago had remained unaffected till today. “It was the only of its kind allaince probably in the world that has lasted 25 years. But this alliance was broken. After that efforts to strengthen the alliance should have been made from both sides. Only remaining together won’t do,” he said.
To a question that despite having 18 MPs, Sena was not getting its due at the national level, Uddhav said, “Yes, I do lament that Sena is not part of the power sharing whether it is in the ministry or central bodies.” When pressed whether the Sena wants a share in the power, Uddhav said,”Yes, we won’t mind. But we are not adamant on that.”