Ud­dhav: No longer have an emo­tional con­nect with BJP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Manasi Phadke manasi.phadke@hin­dus­tan­times.com Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray at Matoshree on Wed­nes­day. Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

There is no emo­tional con­nect left with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray said on Wed­nes­day. Thack­eray ruled out chances of a post-poll al­liance with the BJP for the Mum­bai civic body and said he would take a call on con­tin­u­ing with the BJP govern­ment in the state af­ter the Fe­bru­ary 21 civic polls.

“There is no emo­tional con­nect left with the BJP… an al­liance is not forged sim­ply on the ba­sis of seat-shar­ing but also on the ba­sis of a re­la­tion and sen­ti­ments… if in the al­liance, the re­la­tion, the mean­ing is lost, then the rea­son is lost. If our path is not agree­able to you, your path is not agree­able to me, why look for a rea­son?” Thack­eray said in an in­ter­view to the Hin­dus­tan Times. “There have been a lot of un­ac­cept­able changes within the BJP, and a post­poll al­liance with the party to come to power is un­likely.” Thack­eray said re­cent changes within BJP were un­af­ford­able. Where there used to be saints on the party’s dais, there are now goons.

With less than two weeks to go for the cru­cial Mum­bai civic polls, the bit­ter­ness be­tween al­lies-turned-ri­vals, BJP and Shiv Sena, has threat­ened to spill over to the state govern­ment.

In an in­ter­view with HT, Thack­eray on Wed­nes­day in­di­cated a de­ci­sion about pulling out of the govern­ment would be taken af­ter the results of the cru­cial Mum­bai civic polls are an­nounced. Just a day ear­lier, he agreed with party MP San­jay Raut’s caus­tic assess­ment that af­ter the break-up in the al­liance, the state govern­ment was now on a no­tice pe­riod.

Late on Wed­nes­day evening, at a cam­paign rally, Thack­eray for the first time took on CM Deven­dra Fad­navis di­rectly, call­ing him a “half-baked id­iot” and a “liar” for com­par­ing the Mum­bai’s state to Patna.

“I feel sad that we stayed with such liars and dis­hon­est peo­ple for 25 years. And, I feel bad that I have to di­rectly face off with such a liar. How can such peo­ple be­come chief min­is­ter, I won­der?’’ he said.

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