In the second part of his interview published in Sena mouthpiece Saamana today, Uddhav said Shiv Sena should get power in Maharashtra on its own. “That is the dream of every Shiv Sainik. And that dream would certainly be realised,” he said.
About fissures in the 25 years of BJP-Sena alliance, Uddhav said, “The Shiv Sena extended support for formation of government in Maharashtra only when it was urged to do so. But I don’t want to dig up the past,” he said.
During the course of the entire interview, Uddhav avoided mentioning Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis or other BJP leaders from Maharashtra. The interview clearly highlights that “all is not well” between the Shiv Sena and the BJP.
“In the entire interview, the Sena chief has conveyed his sentiments through the questions… the replies are indirect to every poser,” said a senior Sena leader.
To a question whether he was hurt by the way the BJP treated him during government formation, he said, “I don’t want to return to that atmosphere…because the government is functioning now. But I regret the alliance was broken.”
About Shiv Sena being relegated to playing second fiddle during government formation in Maharashtra, Uddhav said, “I accepted the secondary position only for Maharashtra. After many years, there was a change in power in Maharashtra. Otherwise there was possibility of another round of election. I thought let’s support a new face, Maharashtra can experience better days.”