In a war of words after Narayan Rane’s defeat in Bandra (East) Maharashtra Assembly bypoll, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today said the election has shown that “no one should mess with them”, to which the Congress leader retorted he does not need an advice on his political career.
“The election has once again shown that the Shiv Sena is a tiger and no one should try to mess with us. This victory belongs to the people who voted for us and party workers who kept loyalty to us. We will now be able to fulfil all promises that (deceased Sena leader) Bala Sawant made to the people of the constituency,” Uddhav Thackeray told reporters here.
“The Muslims have given an answer to (MIM leader Asaduddin) Owaisi by voting for us in large numbers. MIM has been shown its place,” he said.
Putting up a brave front, Narayan Rane said that he would take all blame for his defeat and that his party tried to help him in every way possible.
“I do not blame anybody for this defeat. If the responsibility has to be taken, I will take all responsibility. Winning and losing is a part of election. I have not seen defeat for the first time. I have been around for 45 years thus, do not need to learn from people what I should do next in my political career,” Narayan Rane said.
“People opted to vote for sympathy and not development. I accept this. I don’t mind if people want to stay the way they are and do not need development,” he said.
“It is surprising that people who take money from their candidates are talking about loyalty,” he alleged.
“I am thankful to all those who voted for me. I also thank (NCP Chief) Sharad Pawar, Abu Azmi and others who helped me during the poll,” Narayan Rane added.