Putting aside the recent show of camaraderie between chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, the latter continued his barrage of criticism against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation decision.
Thackeray said the move has adversely affected the city’s tourism business.
This week, Fadnavis and Thackeray have shared the stage thrice.
The chief minister has expressed his willingness to form an alliance with the Sena for the crucial municipal corporation elections to be held in 10 major cities, including Mumbai and Thane, in February 2017.
“Tourists are clueless. I have no idea whether they are able to shop or not. Same is the case with Mumbaiites,” Thackeray said, while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Red Carpet Wax Museum at R City Mall in Ghatkopar.
The museum will also house a wax statue of Bal Thackeray, the Sena founder.
Thackeray’s regular attacks on Modi may cast a shadow on the alliance.
Two days after the scrapping of high-value notes, Thackeray had called a press conference and said Modi had betrayed people’s trust by subjecting them to harassment. He had asked for an immediate end to people’s hardships.
“The Shiv Sena welcomed the ‘surgical strike’ on black money. But looking at what has been happening in the last two days, it looks like there has been a surgical strike on ordinary people who have to queue up for hours to get their hard earned money or withdraw cash,” Thackeray had then said.
“Are these the people who have stashed black money? These are the people who believed in Modi’s promise that each of them will get Rs15 lakh in their account from the recovered black money. But Modi has betrayed this trust,” Thackeray had added.
Interestingly, in an apparent jibe at the Sena, its senior leader Manohar Joshi had on Friday praised the November 8 demonetisation decision.
“Those who haven’t even understood the (demonetisation) scheme are talking about it. But I can say with conviction, if our country has to progress then such measures are important,” he had said.