Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray took a dig at Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday and dropped hints that the Sena was willing to contest the upcoming Mumbai municipal corporation elections solo. While interacting with the media in Nagpur, on the sidelines of the Winter Session of the state Assembly, Fadnavis observed that a pre-poll tie up with the Sena for the Mumbai polls was possible if the latter acknowledged the BJP’s growing strength in the region and also accepted the party’s vision document.
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In a sharp retort, Uddhav said, “Let their (BJP’s) vision document remain with them. We have nothing to do with it.” The leader also warned the BJP that “workers from his party won’t tolerate any attempt at diminishing the importance of the financial capital.”
At a launch of party MP Sanjay Raut’s compilation Sachai in Mumbai’s Matunga area, Thackeray also continued his tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation. “They said that the inconvenience caused to people would end in 50 days, but that is turning out to be an eyewash. People are hurting but there is no end to the inconvenience,” Thackeray said.
Blaming the BJP for severance of the ties between the alliance partners ahead of the 2014 Assembly polls, Thackeray was even seen warning the ally. “Mess with us (the Shiv Sena), and you shall burn your hands in fire. We are not for power; the power is for us,” he said.
Invoking the Hindutva card, Thackeray also dared the BJP to “build Ram Mandir in Ayodhya before the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.” He said, “We would extend all support for this development.”
Referring to the Lok Sabha poll outcome, Thackeray said, “The Hindus had come together like never before. But now they feel disenchanted.”
Incidentally, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy shared the dais with Uddhav Thackeray on the occasion.