Addressing a huge gathering of party workers on Friday, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said that those opposing a memorial to late party chief Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park or elsewhere would be appropriately dealt with when he tours the state from January.
Though Uddhav did not delve much into the issue, his veiled threat assured Sainiks of his resolve to have a memorial at Shivaji Park . “We will not spare anyone who has created a dispute on the issue,” he said.
He said the Sena-BJP coalition would shape the state as per the wishes of his father.
The Sena leader warned his detractors and political rivals that he was ready to take them on. “I will organise party conventions in all regions from January, including Vidarbha. I will fulfil every dream that Balasaheb had. I assure you that I will take the state to its glorious past,” he said.
Uddhav appealed to Sainiks to stop grieving over the late party supremo’s death and get ready to fight their political opponents. “Stop shedding tears. I see the flame in you that Balasaheb has ignited. Let us take on the opponents. I am ready to lead the state and take it forward to number one in the country.”
“I have been through a major tragedy. But there is no time to grieve. I came to share my grief with you as head of the Sena family. Let us keep the saffron Sena flag flying high,” he said in an emotional 15-minute speech.
The Sainiks shouted full-throated slogans, hailing Balasaheb and Uddhav. Sena youth leader Aditya Thackeray was also present.
He reminded party men that his decision not to assume the title of ‘Shiv Sena Pramukh’ that his father held was obvious and immediate.
“This is because I know and everyone knows that no one can replace him. The qualities he had were unique. The way he inspired people with his thoughts and ideology and united people across the state were something no other person can do. So there will remain only one Sena Pramukh,” he said.
Thackeray left for Mumbai, along with his son, Aditya, on Friday evening.