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Uddhav hits opposition in Nagpur

Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times  Nagpur, December 14, 2012
First Published: 21:09 IST(14/12/2012) | Last Updated: 21:10 IST(14/12/2012)

The Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray opted to keep mum on the issue of Balasaheb Thackeray memorial at Shivaji Park or elsewhere, saying he would not talk about it right now and those opposing it would be appropriately taken care of when he would tour the state from January.

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Thackeray was here on Friday to interact with the Sena activists after the demise of Balasaheb Thackeray. In a brief speech before the Sena activists, Thackeray asserted that he would not spare anyone who have created a dispute on the issue.

He said that the Sena-BJP coalition would hoist the saffron flag again in the ensuing elections to fulfill the dreams of Balasaheb and the coalition would shape the state as per the wishes of the great leader.

The Sena leader warned his detractors and political rivals that he was ready to take them on. "I will be organizing party conventions in all regions from
January, here in Vidarbha too. I have resolved every dream that Balasaheb had. I will take the state to its glorious past,” he said.
Thackeray said, "stop shedding tears. I see the flame in you that Babasaheb has ignited. Let us take on the opponents. I am ready to lead the state and take it forward to number one in the country."

He continued, "I have been through a major tragedy. But there is no time to grieve. I came to share my grief with you as head of the Sena family. Let us keep the saffron Sena flag flying high," he said in an emotional 15-minute speech. The enthusiasm party men were palpable as they shouted full-throated slogans, hailing Balasaheb and Uddhav. Sena youth leader Aditya Thackeray was also present on the occasion.

He reminded party men that his decision not to assume the title of `Shiv Sena Pramukh’ that his father held was instantaneous. "This is because I know and everyone knows that no one can replace him. The qualities he had were unique.

The way he inspired people with his thoughts and ideology and united people across the state were something no other person can do. So there will remain only one Sena Pramukh," he said.

Thackeray left for Mumbai, along with his son, Aditya, this evening.

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