No Plan to Cut Ties With BJP Yet, Says Uddhav
Sena president says Fadnavis govt is on notice till it clarifies certain issues
Krishna Kumar & Suman Layak
Mumbai: A day after threatening to pull the rug from under Devendra Fadnavis government, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray seems to have made a U turn hinting that he is not in a hurry to pull out the Sena support to the BJP government.
On Tuesday, Uddhav while speaking to a select group of journalists said his statement that Fadnavis government is on notice did not mean that he was going to pull out any time soon and he would give it the opportunity to correct its mistakes. “We have been together for 25 years now. At one point of time, we used to have Balasaheb Thackeray share the dias with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Shankacharya. Now we have got people like ND Tiwari, Pappu Kalani, tomorrow they would also get Dawood with them. This kind of development is unacceptable to us.”
When questioned about the notice period, the Sena president said, “Yes we did give them a notice period and it was for a specific period of time. However, they have to answer us about what kind of development they want. The notice period will be till they don’t specify that how going with a person like Kalani, who was jailed by the BJP’s Gopinath Munde is okay with them. How is it okay with aligning with Mufti Mohammed’s party in Jammu and Kashmir?” questioned Uddhav.
He, however, said the Sena erred in not breaking off ties with the BJP earlier. “Mamata Bannerjee, Jayalalithaa Naveen Patnaik all went their own way and established their governments in their state. We were perhaps naïve as we stayed with the BJP and suffered,”said Uddhav. “We may go our separate ways as it doesn’t seem that the BJP needs friends.”
The softening of the Sena chief ’s stand is at variance with what he has been saying all along that the Fadnavis government is on ‘notice period’ and that the BJP government may not last its full term.
Uddhav also said that he is planning to create a coalition of regional parties to act as a counterweight against national parties like the BJP. The Sena President said that him supporting TMC’s protest on demonetisation showed that in spite of differing ideologies regional parties could come together on certain issues.
Slamming the functioning of the Modi government, the Sena President called it a disappointment saying that none of the promises made were fulfilled. “Where is the ₹ 15 lakh that were to be deposited in our accounts, where is the common civil code, they said they would teach Pakistan alesson but there have been more terror attacks in India after the surgical
He also lambasted the BJP’s talk that the alliance was broken because the Sena was against transparency. “If they are saying we are corrupt, then why did they have seat sharing talks with us. If we had given them 114 seats, then we would have been transparent, but since we didn’t give they are giving us names,”said Uddhav.