The Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale sought the occasion of the 45th foundation day of its new alliance partner Shiv Sena to ask what the Sena will give his party, in terms of posts in the alliance. Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has promised Athawale his ‘due respect’ and a ‘lifetime relationship’.
The Sena celebrated its foundation day on Sunday at Shanmukhanand hall at Sion where senior leaders including Sena Rajya Sabha MP Manohar Joshi were present.
“Aligning with RPI has been a dream of my grandfather Prabodhankar Thackeray, taken forward by my father Shiv Sena chief and realised with me, the third generation. Whoever joins us never looks back and I promise a lifetime relationship. We have not come together for votes but to see that the government steps down,” Thackeray said.
He added it was time that one started taking oaths of truth in court placing one’s hand on the constitution framed by Ambedkar, the leader of the backward classes rather than on any religious books.
Athawale clarifed that the saffron chief was not against renaming the Marathwada University after Babasaheb Ambedkar. “He had only insisted that the name Marathwada should be retained for historical reasons,” he said.
Thackeray took potshots at deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar who had questioned Sena chief Bal Thackeray contributions to the state.
“It is sad that people still do not know what the Shiv Sena chief is. Even Pakistan knows and refers to him as a most dreaded man. He has more strength than that of an atom bomb,” Uddhav Thackeray said.