With son, Uddhav takes a leaf out of father’s book

Uddhav and his son Aditya prostrated before ‘Shiv Sainiks’, urging them to vote the party to power.

Written by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | Published: October 13, 2014 2:45 am

Looking to strike an emotional chord with voters, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Sunday invoked the legacy of his father the late Bal Thackeray. At his last big rally before the Assembly polls, Uddhav and his son Aditya prostrated before ‘Shiv Sainiks’, urging them to vote the party to power.

When the Sena had courted electoral challenge after former CM Narayan Rane parted ways with the party in 2005, Bal Thackeray had used the same emotional plank to his advantage during his rallies in Thane and Konkan.

Addressing a well-attended rally in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex, Uddhav said, “We will prostrate before you again after winning the polls. But we are bowing down to you now for standing firmly behind us in times of strife”. He added: “In his last public address, Thackeray had asked Shiv Sainiks to stand behind me and Aditya. I prostrate before you to abide by this.”
“I’m just the party’s face. Bal Thackeray is the force behind my actions,” he said., drawing applause.

With almost all opinion polls suggesting that the main contest would be between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Sena, Uddhav targeted the party’s former ally the most. “The alliance would have persisted had I accepted the conditions imposed by them. But Shiv Sena would have been wiped out,” he said, asking , “Would you have approved of it? Wasn’t what I did right?”
Expressing confidence that the next CM would be a Shiv Sainik, Uddhav declared plans to complete 50 marquee development projects before 2016, when the saffron party celebrates its golden jubilee.

Invoking Marathi pride, Uddhav said the Sena government, if elected to power, would take steps to bring Marathi-speaking areas in Karnataka’s Belgaum under Maharashtra’s limits.

In a veiled dig at PM Narendra Modi, he said: “Big people are campaigning in every nook and corner of Maharashtra. Buses are being brought from Gujarat to show crowd presence.” He added that the saffron alliance would have continued if former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was holding the reins of BJP. “It was never a tug-of-war over seat-sharing and posts previously. There was a bond behind the saffron alliance,” he said.

Stating that the Sena always backed the BJP in its bad times, Uddhav said: “Ab acche din aane lagen, toh haath chod diyen (Now that good days have started coming, they deserted us).”

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  1. Ashok Sridharan
    Oct 13, 2014 at 5:05 am
    Mr. Thackeray seems to be out to hunt with the hounds and run with the hares. How else does one explain the fact that his party is still allied with the same BJP at the centre?
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      J P
      Oct 14, 2014 at 8:12 am
      Shiv Sena made huge mistake by over estimating their strength. Shiv Sena, though will emerge as 2nd best party but with limited resource and no ideology ( Country has moved away from Manoos politics) , they will find it difficult to survive.
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        narasimman laxman
        Oct 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm
        uddhav is seemingly very rigid and not the smartest to understand who hold key in bjp and talk to him instead talking to some others and sending his son instead he dialling the needed number is showing in very poor light of his leadership skills but just rigidity without astuteness of the situation. he should have taken up the challenge of giving 50% seats to bjp and asked 18 seats to smaller parties that means 135 each to sena bjp would have paved way for a fight of the life. even now it is fight of life. but prove in those 135 seats getting more seats using modi n some seats to campaign would have shown uddhave as more smarter without doubt. getting more number of seats for sena party is need of the hour. how this should be done is cleverness. using modi to get more is smartness.
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          Me Marathi
          Oct 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm
          As long as the intruders like you are there !!
          1. Rajiv Pande
            Oct 13, 2014 at 2:11 am
            Uddhav with son Aditya, with Matoshree right behind. shiv Sena is a family based party.
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