Ud­dhav lashes out at Amit Shah

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: The one who could trounce the Shiv Sena is yet to be born, said party chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray, launch­ing a frontal at­tack on BJP chief Amit Shah for his re­mark that his party would thrash for­mer al­lies if a pre-poll al­liance did not ma­te­ri­al­ize ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

In a veiled threat to the Sena, Shah had re­cently said the BJP will en­sure vic­tory for its al­lies, but if it didn’t, the party will thrash its for­mer al­lies in the up­com­ing elec­tions. Slam­ming the com­ment, Thack­eray said, “I have heard words like ‘patak denge’ from some­one. The one who can trounce the Shiv Sena is yet to be born.” He was speak­ing at a rally at Worli’s NSCI on Sun­day.

“We se­lected Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel sta­dium for this func­tion be­cause there was a time when wrestling matches used to take place here. Wrestlers would throw each other around. But there is no one who can wrestle down the Shiv Sena,” said Thack­eray, whose party is an ally of the BJP at the Cen­tre and in Ma­ha­rash­tra.

The Sena has al­ready an­nounced its plan to con­test the polls with­out the BJP, but the BJP is in­sist­ing that the two saf­fron par­ties for­mal­ize a pre-poll al­liance, said sources.

Tak­ing a swipe at the ‘Modi wave’, Thack­eray said, “The Sena has seen enough ‘waves’ in its jour­ney.” Ac­cus­ing the BJP of mak­ing an­nounce­ments and not ful­fill­ing them, he said the Sena has raised the Ram tem­ple con­struc­tion is­sue be­fore the polls to “ex­pose” those who used the is­sue as a poll plank.

Thack­eray said PM Naren­dra Modi con­sid­ered to be one of pow­er­ful men in the world and an avatar of Lord Vishnu by his sup­port­ers, but even he could not build the Ram tem­ple. “Just tell us how with­out be­ing in power, the Con­gress is hin­der­ing the tem­ple con­struc­tion?”

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