At a mammoth rally in Mumbai, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray came out with all guns blazing and said some parties are misleading with “fake Hindutva” and accused estranged ally BJP of playing “ugly” politics.
Targetting BJP at a public meeting in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena chief wondered if it was the same party which Shiv Sena considered to be a friend of 25 years.
In no holds barred attack , Uddhav said, No one is speaking about inflation. We wasted our 25 years due to an alliance with BJP, they are the worst. The fake ‘Hindutva’ party which was earlier with us has taken the country to hell.
Speaking at his first public meeting after two years, Thackeray, who underwent spinal surgery last November, sounded the bugle for upcoming civic polls, including for Mumbai, and said attempts to break Mumbai from Maharashtra will never be allowed to succeed.
Thackeray said the BJP had given loudspeakers to its A, B, and C teams and asked them to visit Aurangzeb’s tomb and recite Hanuman Chalisa.
Slamming BJP pver Killing of Kahmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat, Uddhav asked, Our ‘Hindutva’ is ‘Gadadhari’. Rahul Bhat was killed by terrorists at Tehsil’s office in J&K, now what will you (BJP) do? Will you read Hanuman Chalisa there?
Our ‘Hindutva’ is ‘Gadadhari’. Rahul Bhat was killed by terrorists at Tehsil’s office in J&K, now what will you (BJP) do? Will you read Hanuman Chalisa there?: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai pic.twitter.com/184uZt4WNZ
— ANI (@ANI) May 14, 2022
“While BJP will watch the tamasha and address press conferences,” he charged.
He also said that Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ never insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi but highlighted issues of state and national importance.
Hitting out at BJP Uddhav said, They (BJP) can even give the party ticket to Dawood Ibrahim. The situation is very dangerous in the country. Whom we voted to power and trusted are backstabbing us. During the pandemic, the best work was done by Maharashtra.
Referring to inflation and the internal conflicts and attacks on Kashmiri Pandits, Thackeray asked: “Why don’t you speak on these issues? This is not our Hindutva. You are just trying to distract the public and the country.”
Taking an indirect jibe at Kirit Somaiya and Rana couple, who received security from the central government, Thackeray said: “Instead of giving security to Kashmiri Pandits, the centre is giving Z+ and Y+ securities to those who create nuisance.”
Referring to Fadnavis’ claim that he visited Ayodhya for Babri Masjid Demolition, the CM said: “He said he went to Babri? You went to Babri? What was your age then? Was it a picnic spot for you to go?”
“They (BJP) are holding a rally tomorrow to ‘give answer’. Let them. I will hold another rally. But I want to say one thing, if you want to give an answer, then give answers on the inflation issue.”
Alleging that the BJP was not liking the progress and development in Maharashtra, the Chief Minister said: “That’s why they are trying to portray as if there is a law-and-order issue in the state. They are trying defame Maharashtra. We are keeping patience doesn’t mean we are weak.”