Only the “Shiv Sena pattern” will work in Maharashtra.
Talking to reporters at his Bandra residence on his 81st birthday, Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray rubbished the influence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the state.
“People from Maharashtra will prefer the Shiv Sena over these two. Why would Dalits from Maharashtra go to Mayawati?” he asked. Earlier, in the last part of his interview to party mouthpiece Saamna, Thackeray said: “People in Maharashtra are smart and would not accept any Tom, Dick or Harry.”
Thackeray’s reaction comes following Modi’s rally in Mumbai on Sunday. None of the Sena leaders were invited for the rally and even Modi did not bother to call on Thackeray.
On Wednesday, hundreds of Sena activists thronged Matoshree with flags, gifts and bouquets. Large hoardings and banners had been put all over the place at Bandra junction.
Thackeray released Shiv Sena: Kal, Aaaj ani Udya (Shiv Sena: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow), a book written by Sena Member of Parliament Manohar Joshi.
Asked on the party’s future, Thackeray said: “I cannot foretell the future. But in whatever state it will be, Manohar Joshi will write a book on it.”
The Sena chief was all praises for Joshi’s book. “Manohar Joshi has taken strides from holding all posts in the municipal corporation to the Lok Sabha in Delhi where he was the speaker. I find the book precise,” he added.