The Shiv Sena went hammer and tongs against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, accusing it
of trying to destroy its former ally.
Addressing a mammoth rally at the Bandra-Kurla Complex, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray directed a majority of his ire towards the BJP. “The Sena would have been finished had I agreed to a compromise with the BJP,” said Uddhav. He also dismissed allegations that his ambition for the chief minister’s chair ultimately cost him the alliance. “If this is the case, then why did the BJP break its alliance in Haryana?” said Uddhav.
“During the Lok Sabha elections, they touted Kuldeep Bhisnoi [from Haryana Janhit Congress, the BJP’s former alliance partner] as the chief minister, and now during the Assembly polls they conveniently broke ties,” said Uddhav. He said like Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik and Jayalalithaa, he was also confident of making a mark sans the BJP.
Warning his former ally Uddhav said, “You have seen our love now face our wrath.”
He also denounced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that state will progress if the BJP ruled in the state like at the Centre. “Modi ensured the progress of Gujarat even when Manmohan Singh was Prime Minister. The chief minister needs to be powerful,” said Uddhav.
Uddhav also promised the electorate he would ensure the border-disputed areas such as Belgaum are merged with Maharashtra.
Uddhav said he would install a Sena man to head the state to celebrate the party’s golden jubilee.
“We will have a Sena chief minister who will preside over the function celebrating the Shiv Sena’s golden jubilee. I will ensure at least 50 public welfare schemes are introduced within the next two years,” he added.
He, however, did not utter a word against the MNS in his speech.
Sena has been critical of the BJP ever since it broke the 25-year-old alliance, but the latter has reciprocated with just indirect barbs.
Earlier, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray also blasted the BJP, accusing it of not respecting the state’s youth. “I met BJP leaders with folded hands to keep the alliance intact, but they questioned my young age. The BJP has let down the youth,” he said.
Both the Thackerays outlined that the alliance was broken to save the pride of the state and they refused to bow before the Delhi leaders.