The issue of Uddhav Thackeray's appointment as Shiv Sena Executive President was raked up by Bal Thackeray and he was merely reacting to it, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said.
The Sena patriarch had raked up the issue and he was merely replying to the points raised by him, Raj said here. He was speaking at a press conference after releasing his party's manifesto for the October 31 election to Kalyan-Dombivili Municipal Corporation (KDMC).
His remarks come amidst a war of words between Bal Thackeray and his estranged nephew over Uddhav's appointment to the top post in 2003.
The Sena patriarch had said a videotape of the conclave, where Uddhav was named Working President, will be made public to prove Raj's falsehood. During his Dussehra rally speech, the senior Thackeray had said it was Raj who had chosen Uddhav for the post.
Raj hit back, saying he was not even authorised to select a shakha pramukh (branch chief), let alone the Executive President. At today's conference, Raj said, "even now I respect Balasaheb, but nobody else."
On a query over likely spit of Marathi votes between the Sena and MNS, Raj said he didn't agree with such a suggestion. "Take the example of Tamil Nadu. Do the votes of Tamils split due to a fight between AIADMK and DMK?"