Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a “weakest” ever to hold the post and claimed that days of his party are numbered as anti-Congress wave is sweeping the country.
“I don’t think the country ever had such a weak Prime Minister,” he said, adding Singh does not get respect even from his own party.
Uddhav was addressing a well-attended public rally at KG Somaiya Grounds in Mumbai organised on the occasion of birth anniversary of Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray.
Virtually launching his party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha polls, due before May, Uddhav called upon Sena workers to work towards dethroning the Congress from power.
Raising the Hindutva issue, he said it was a very important matter for the saffron outfit. “When we raise the issue of Hindutva they call us communal. Is it a crime to call us Hindus in our own country?”
Lashing out at the Congress for “creating divisions” in the country for the sake of power, Thackeray said the Sonia Gandhi-led party’s policies were “destroying us”.
“Your (Congress-NCP’s) days are numbered both at the Centre and in the State,” he said.
Without naming NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he said the next Premier of the country and Chief Minister in Maharashtra will be from BJP and Shiv Sena.
Taking a dig at Congress for not naming its PM candidate, Uddhav said the fear of losing the upcoming polls made the party to do so. “There is an anti-Congress wave in the country and in such a scenario who (in Congress) would like to sacrifice for that post.”
The Sena leader also slammed Union Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who hails from Maharashtra, saying he has not lived up to expectations of the party.
“We should be proud the country’s Home Minister is from Maharashtra but he has not lived up to our expectations,” Uddhav said without elaborating.