Criticising NCP chief Sharad Pawar for “appeasing minorities” Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said that majority of Hindus also could unite to keep Pawar away from the post of prime minister.
Thackeray was addressing a convention of the booth level incharges of the Shiv Sena in Maval and Shirur Lok Sabha constituencies at Lonavla. Maval and Shirur Lok Sabha MPs Gajanan Babar and Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, along with leader of the party in Lok Sabha Anant Gite, party leaders Subhash Desai, Gajanan Keertikar, Neelam Gorhe, MLAs Mahadev Bbar, Vijay Shivtare, Bharat Gogawale, Shrirang Barne, Baban Patil and Machhindra Kharade were present on the dais.
Thackeray pointed out that even though David Headley admitted that Ishrat Jahan in Gujarat had terror connections. It was Sharad Pawar who gave her a clean chit for no reason.
He said that Pawar had the ambition to become Prime Minister of the country, but he could not appease minorities by annoying Hindus.
Thackeray said that whether it was Pawar or Congress-led UPA and Demcratic Front government in the state, they are not preventing any Bangladeshis, Pakistanis from entering India without any documents and this influx would cost the country dearly.
Thackeray said that Vidarbha was facing worst ever crop damage due to heavy rains this season. He said that Pawar had ignored Vidarbha farmers and was often seen in photographs with cricketers rather than ailing farmers of Vidarbha. Thackeray said, “If there is Indian Premier League cricket crisis, Pawar has to rush to sort out issues but if Vidarbha farmers are suffering he is never seen there.”
Party leader Subhash Desai termed the Demcratic Front government a combination of tagya (rowdy) and baghya (mute spectator). While Pawar has announced that he was a tagya, Chavan had always been a baghya. Keertikar said that Shiv Sena would retain both Maval and Shirur constituencies. Gorhe and Adhalrao Patil too criticised Ajit Pawar in their speeches.
Patil made it clear that he was not going to leave Shiv Sena as was being speculated by a few NCP leaders.
“NCP does not have any candidate to fight against me and that is the reason why they fan such rumors from time to time. I will contest any election only on Shiv Sena ticket and choose to remain at home rather than thinking of any other party,” Patil said.