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Uddhav targets ‘weak’ PM, ‘divisive’ Cong at Sena rally

Uddhav chose not to comment on MNS or AAP, he took a pot shot at NCP leader Sharad Pawar.

Mumbai |
Updated: February 6, 2014 2:31:49 pm
Sena president Uddhav Thackeray addresses the rally that was held to mark the birth anniversary of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. PHOTOS: Pradip Das Sena president Uddhav Thackeray addresses the rally that was held to mark the birth anniversary of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. PHOTOS: Pradip Das

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Thursday raised an emotional pitch, playing the Hindutva card, and urged Shiv Sainiks to pledge their allegiance to the party and ensure the defeat of the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra and at the Centre. Without naming Narendra Modi, Uddhav said while the UPA did not have a single able prime ministerial candidate, the NDA had a strong face that would help it throw the government out of power.

Speaking at a party rally to mark the 88th birth anniversary of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, Uddhav latched on to his father’s legacy to strike a chord with Sainiks. He played a 1994 video of the late leader in which he had urged Sainiks to take an oath of being faithful to the Sena and resolving to overthrow the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra. After the 1995 elections, the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance came to power in the state.

Addressing a crowd of approximately 2 lakh Shiv Sainiks at Somaiya ground in Sion, Uddhav added Hindutva flavour to the oath. Sainiks tied a saffron band around their wrists, calling it the `Shiv bandhan’.

While Uddhav chose not to comment on MNS or AAP, he took a pot shot at NCP leader Sharad Pawar. “Sharad Pawar said a strong government was needed at the Centre. He is right, but being in the government what is he doing about it? NCP has threatened that it will not support the Congress if not given enough seats. But if they do so, the Congress will bring out cases against NCP leaders and put them behind bars. It is clear now that if the UPA comes to power again, the country will go to the dogs,” he said.

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Uddhav attacked the “divide and rule” policy adopted by the Congress and criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for “being weak and inefficient”. “Shiv Sena is labelled as a communal. But it is the Congress-NCP that are the most communal. Home Minister Sushil KumarShinde has directed states to not arrest Muslim youths. Isn’t that communal? They always create rift among communities ahead of elections,” he said.

Reacting to the “oath” ceremony, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the saffron party was losing its base, which had forced Uddhav to conduct such a programme. “It’s Shiv Sena bandhan and not Shiv-bandhan,” he said.

Sena chief’s faux pas

It was an embarrassing moment for Shiv Sena at the rally on Thursday as its president Uddhav Thackeray said this Republic Day (January 26) would be the last time UPA Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would address the nation from the Red Fort in Delhi. The PM addresses the nation on August 15 (Independence Day), and not on Republic Day.

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