Uddhav lashes out at Amit Shah
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?”