Uddhav Thackeray, chief of the right wing ethnocentric party Shiv Sena gave a heated interview in the party's mouthpiece Saamna on Monday. The chief made clear his displeasure on involving Sharad Pawar in their campaign.
“We won't let Sharad Pawar enter NDA, even post elections,” said the saffron party chief. In his jibe against the NCP president, Thackeray also pin pointed their shortcomings.
“There is a wave of change all over the country. A wave for change of governance,” said Thackeray. Wishing all his fellow Hindus greetings of the year on the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa, he said, “This time Hindutva will rule in Delhi. I pray to Goddess Jagadambe that all the wishes of my fellow Hindus are fulfilled”.
He also cited discrepancies in the current mode of governance by comparing two of the most spoken about communities in the country. He said that the ropes of the Moral codes of Ethics are just wound around the necks of Hindus, whereas the seeds of secularism are being used to stroke the beards of Muslims," describing the secularist jargon of the ruling government. He even said the upholding of Sadhvi Pragnya Singh and Colone Purohit was an attempt to build a façade of Saffron terrorism.
Uddhav Thackeray raised questions on the competencies of this government by saying that be it Delhi or the borders, there was no safety anywhere. He further asked that if the government remained selfish, how would the future generations sustain themselves. The major problems our state faces today are corruption, rise in prices and increasing violence. His government will help eradicate each of these, he said on Monday.
Pawar supporters must have a look at the plight of the impoverished families of farmers who committed suicide, Thackeray said. His dismay over Pawar sugar coating Modi publicly was clearly seen in this interview.
“After elections, I don't think we will need support from the outside and surely not from Pawar's NCP. Even if needed, it won't be possible said the Sena chief. Doing so would be a betrayal to the masses he said. Targeting Sharad Pawar for his controversial ink remarks where he said that, "Vote for the Clock [his party's symbol] there and come back to vote for the Clock here as well"; Uddhav said, "The NCP president said he made those remarks as a joke. If issues as these are turned into a joke, imagine his level of seriousness! The victory of Congress-NCP all these years, despite widespread resentment was because of all this bogus".
When asked about his major competitors, Uddhav said the fight was against Congress and the Rashtravadi party. He believed in the strength that Shiv Sena held, stating that people of the state yet believed the Sena was their only ray of hope. The BJP-Sena alliance is not only restricted to the elections, but an earnest effort to expand its base in the state of Maharashtra, the leader said.
With hardly a few weeks left for the elections, political parties seem to be going out unabashedly on their opposition. The Shiv Sena, famous for its staunch pro-Hindu ideology hasn't disappointed this time too. What is left to be seen is the gradual unfolding of chapters as the elections near and the subsequent changes of political faces.