Uddhav: No longer have an emotional connect with BJP
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.