Uddhav Thackeray: Have lost faith in BJP governments in centre and state

Uddhav Thackeray also pointed out how he was the first to speak out against demonetization as it created immense hardships for the masses, they stood months in queues, many died, but nobody bothered.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 23, 2017 4:30 pm
Mumbai monsoon, mumbai rain, shiv sena, shiv sena chief, uddhav thackeray Replying to a question about the possibility of being called a ‘traitor’, Shiv Sena president replied-  “Ask the people losing their jobs who is the real ‘traitor’. I am not talking about Modi, but the government machinery. Whenever Shiv Sena speaks anything, it’s considered ‘anti-government’. But that is wrong, we are always with the people.”

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has strongly criticised party’s ally BJP and stated that he has ‘virtually lost faith in the BJP-led central and state governments over several issues, including the GST and demonetisation, in the past three years.’

The party leader’s blunt statement came on the eve of his ceremonial, annual birthday-eve interview that he gave to the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, ‘Saamana’. Thackeray, who turns 57 on July 27, spoke on various issues with Saamana Executive Editor, Sanjay Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP.

Talking about the recent implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, Thackeray said, “It’s a complete mess. We won’t keep quiet. We were the first to point out how GST will hit the people. Now, they must decide whether to bear it beat it. See, in Gujarat small traders took to the streets opposing GST and they were mercilessly beaten up.”

“We have opposed GST, since under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, everything is sought to be ‘centralised’. Is this a true democracy? Unlike the former Prime Minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi, who implemented Panchayati Raj right at the grassroots level,” Thackeray said, targeting the Modi government.

Thackeray claimed that the Shiv Sena managed to ‘save’ Mumbai and 27 other municipal corporations in the state by getting reimbursement of the losses they suffered due to the closure of the Octroi checkposts from July 1 – when GST came into being.

He appealed to the  government to clarify whether its policies are for the overall common good or not and cited the example of last year’s demonetisation.  “Just today, I read that 1.50 million people lost jobs directly due to demonetization, meaning six million (dependents) will suffer a hit. Who will provide for these six million their daily ‘dal-roti’?”, questioned Thackeray.

He also pointed out how he was the first to speak out against demonetization as it created immense hardships for the masses, they stood months in queues, many died, but nobody bothered.

Replying to a question about the possibility of being called a ‘traitor’, Shiv Sena president replied-  “Ask the people losing their jobs who is the real ‘traitor’. I am not talking about Modi, but the government machinery. Whenever Shiv Sena speaks anything, it’s considered ‘anti-government’. But that is wrong, we are always with the people.”

 

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    Sujatha Selvam
    Jul 26, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    Uddhav Thackeray's speeches and statements have no seriousness in reality. In fact, he condemn the misrule of BJP at the Center and State, but when times comes, he support them with fullness. This kind of dubious role will not help Shiv Sena at all. If he wants to capture power in Maharashtra, let him be a strong opposition party. No need need of licking the shoes of BJP leaders.
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      Dipak
      Jul 25, 2017 at 9:14 am
      UDHHU THE BUDHHU THACKERAY IS GOING DOWN THE GUTTERS OF BOMBAY.
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        Bala
        Jul 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm
        Why this is making noise every other day having got thrashed in municpal elections. Let him come out of NDA and join UPA.
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          satish kumar
          Jul 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm
          Kutta bhokne laga hain
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            Raj
            Jul 24, 2017 at 8:22 am
            Shiv Sena must break ranks with Saffroni Mob Lynchers in power, if they care for this country.
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              Anil
              Jul 24, 2017 at 8:20 am
              Mob Lynchers Government at Centre and in Jharkahnd, UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, MP, Gujarat has failed badly and country is paying the real price.
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                Malladi
                Jul 23, 2017 at 7:08 pm
                Shiv Sena's Pappu.
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                  Jeevan Karkera
                  Jul 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm
                  After the death of Bal Thackray there is no more SHIV Sena it is now GOONDA Sena.
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