Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Monday said he will quit his post and sit at home if anybody proved that he had taken money while allotting tickets for Lok Sabha elections. “There are allegations that I have taken money while allotting tickets. If anyone proves the charges, I will quit the Sena chief’s post and sit at home,” he said at a rally organised at Sangvi in Pune.
Thackeray was reacting to allegations levelled by sitting Maval MP Gajanan Babar that Sena leadership was bribed by his rival to get party ticket. Even Rahul Narwekar, who was Sena’s urbane face, had hinted that nothing moves in Sena “without money-power”.
Uddhav said he does not need money as Balasaheb Thackeray has left a rich legacy for him. “Why do I need money? I have lots of money in the form of the common people…you our my pride and my richness, my father has left this rich legacy behind,” he said.
Uddhav then trained his guns on Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sonia Gandhi for playing votebank politics. “It was this Mulayam Singh Yadav who had ordered police firing on kar sevaks…not only he ordered firing, but he also ensured the kar sevaks who were fighting for survival had their legs strapped with stones,” he said.
Attacking Mulayam’s recent remarks on rape, Uddhav said, “Mulayam has no shame in making the kind of remarks he made on rape… And the Congress had no qualms in taking support of people like Mulayam.”