Uddhav announces his candidature for CM

  • Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 15, 2014 10:21 IST

A day before the assembly polls, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced he wants to be the chief minister, if his party is voted to power.

“If a common man like Narendra Modi can become prime minister, can’t a Thackeray become the chief minister,” Uddhav said, in an exclusive interview to Saamana, the Sena’s mouthpiece. It will be published on Wednesday.

Uddhav said no Thackeray had ever contested the polls till now, but they have not relinquished duty either.

“The people of Maharashtra are supreme, they will decide. Delhi cannot decide who Maharashtra’s chief minister will be,” Uddhav said.

In the interview, Uddhav also hit back at BJP president Amit Shah for his comments about the Sena being a “mouse that needed to be shown its place”. The people of Maharashtra will not forgive him for the analogy, Uddhav said.

Shah had made the reference during a rally in Aurangabad. “Maharashtra will never bear the insult of people calling it a mouse. They do not know the power of Maharashtra. People are angry and they will bear the brunt of this,” Uddhav said.

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