Devendra Fadnavis in fierce retort to Times Now lashed out at Udhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena like never before. He said, I will complete my term as the Chief Minister. It was the most revealing interview, he said that Sena was corrupt and that he would break away from them. He asserted that there will be no compromise. On the other hand, Uddhav Thackeray, chief Sena chief had been showing signs of being unhappy with BJP since last one year said had recently said that, “I’m happy not to be there with the ‘transformed’ BJP, the BJP that has started sporting goons on their posters instead of stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani.” He had said that he was confident that his party would be in the majority in the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) yet again despite severing ties with its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, more than winning the local body elections in Mumbai and Maharashtra, distancing itself from the BJP has a greater degree of importance for the Shiv Sena, he said.
“The BJP had been inducting goons and the most corrupt politicians on one hand and alleging us with charges of corruption under the pretext of ‘transparency’. This is unacceptable. I’m happy today that I’m not there with the BJP. Otherwise my photo would have been published along with Shah, Modi and (Pappu) Kalani,” Thackeray said pointing at a photograph of a campaign poster in neighbouring Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation where the BJP has tied up with political outfit floated by former National Congress Party (NCP) leader Pappu Kalani, who is serving life sentence in a murder case.
Does this mean that he is otherwise happy with the way the BJP government is working and unhappy with the way the party is trying to spread? Uddhav Thackeray’s answer is a firm “No”.
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“What are the achievements of the governments (at centre and in the state) in the past two and a half years? Did they promise demonetisation in their manifesto? If not, why did they take such a big decision in a haphazard way?” Thackeray asked, adding “In fact, that was the trigger point that drifted us away from them.”