Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief and former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, in an interview with ‘Saamana’, said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance experiment wasn’t wrong and people had welcomed it.
In the second part of his interview to Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Thackeray said that he not only wants local body elections in Maharashtra but also assembly elections and claimed that Shiv Sena will once again have its own chief minister for which He will visit State to rejuvenate the party cadre.
Thackeray, who turned 62 on Wednesday, said that the BJP is giving everything to those who want everything from the Chief Minister (Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde) to the Leader of the Opposition (who is currently held by NCP’s Ajit Pawar).
“Delhi wants to instigate a Shiv Sena versus Shiv Sena fight and divide the Marathi-speaking people. If the present rulers fear the opposition, it is their inefficiency. In a democracy, no party is a permanent winner,” he said.
Shiv Sena had snapped ties with the BJP after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections over the issue of sharing the chief minister’s post. The Shiv Sena later formed an alliance with the NCP and Congress as part of the MVA to form the Thackeray-led government.
Last month, Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde along with 39 other party MLAs and some independents rebelled against the Shiv Sena leadership, leading to the fall of the Thackeray-led legislative government.
Shinde took oath as chief minister on June 30 and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis took oath as deputy chief minister.
Thackeray said that “the people had welcomed the MVA experiment” and that the three-party alliance was born out of the BJP’s denial of what was assured to him.
“Shiv Sena will be the chief minister again. I will work for the expansion of the party’s base and cadre. I will start touring the state from August. I want to have maximum membership,” he said in the interview to Shiv Sena MP and Saamana’s executive editor Sanjay Raut.
‘What was I asking from the BJP in 2019?…chief minister’s post for two-and-half years and it was agreed upon. The post wasn’t for me. I had promised (Sena founder and his father) Balasaheb that I will install a Shiv Sena chief minister. My promise is still incomplete,” he said.
Thackeray said he had to accept the CM’s post as a challenge.
“I had to do it because the BJP denied all that was decided,” he claimed.
Without naming the present state CM Shinde, Thackeray claimed that when Shiv Sena was with the BJP, he (Shinde) would say that the BJP was harming Shiv Sena.
“In 2019, the BJP has crossed all limits of lies by denying the decision taken and hence, the MVA was born. Now they (Shinde and other rebels) say that Congress and NCP are harming Shiv Sena. What do they really want? They are just looking for excuses.”
“He (Shinde) has achieved the chief minister’s post very poorly. His craving for power is such that he is now comparing himself with Shiv Sena supremo late Bal Thackeray,” the Sena president said.
Uddhav Thackeray also asked the BJP to do healthy politics instead of making enemies.