Leaders of Congress and NCP are criticising that we divide people on the basis of caste and religion. Yes,we accept that we are Hindutvawadi, but then the Opposition should tell me who they are and whom they support. Even though we are being criticised and being called communal,the people who criticise us must remember that not even one riot took place during the time when Shiv Sena-BJP coalition ruled the state in 1995-1999, said Uddhav Thackeray,working president of the Shiv Sena,at a rally in Bhosari on Friday.
He quoted a newspaper report which said communal riots took place in Maharashtra after every 20 days in some part or the other during the Congress-NCP rule. This is how bad the the situation is when their coalition is ruling at the Centre as well as the state for the past 10 years, said Thackeray.
The ruling coalition in the state is holding us responsible and claiming that we were responsible for the debacle of the ENRON power project during the Shiv Sena-BJP rule. But what has the Congress- NCP coalition done in 10 years,they did not add even one megawatt of power. They could not make the Dabhol power plant operational in last 10 years, he said.
Thackeray said Pimpri Chinchwad was the richest municipal corporation in Asia. But 10 years of Congress-NCP rule riddled with corruption has made this once cash rich corporation debt ridden. In last 10 years,many businessmen have shifted their industries outside the state,he said.
Talking about auto major Tata Motors,Thackeray said,When they wanted to set up the Nano car plant,they did not invest in Maharashtra,instead they first set up the plant in Bengal,and then shifted the project to Gujarat where Chief Minister Narendra Modi invited them. Former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and incumbent chief minister Ashok Chavan were busy holding on to their chairs as the project slipped out of the states grasp.
Shiv Sena MP Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil,party spokesperson MLA Neelam Gorhe,Sulbha Ubale,Shrirang Barne,Shiv Sena candidate from Bhosari and Chinchwad Assembly constituencies were also present at the rally.