PM Modi's picture equivalent to fake stamp paper: Uddhav Thackeray

Feb 08, 2017, 00:31
PM Modi's picture equivalent to fake stamp paper: Uddhav Thackeray

Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday announced that Patidar quota stir leader will be the party's star campaigner not only for the Mumbai civic polls but also for the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls. Uddhav has been Shiv Sena's star campaigner and will address at least 20 poll rallies in Mumbai. "Shiv Sena ministers will now insist that reporters, the leader of opposition and even the Lokayukta be allowed to sit during cabinet meetings of the state government to ensure transparency", Thackeray said. But nothing has been decided or discussed yet.

When asked about supporting Hardik Patel against BJP in Gujarat election Uddhav said that in future Shiv Sena will support Hardik in the election against BJP. Patel, who recently returned from his exile in Rajasthan to Gujarat and was welcomed by cries of "dekho dekho kaun aaya, Narendra Modi tera baap aaya" has vowed to destroy BJP in Gujarat. Till now, Sena had left Gujarati dominated areas for BJP in successive BMC elections.

BJP's North East Mumbai MP Kirit Somaiya, a Gujarati himself, made light of Patel's meeting with Thackeray.

Already strained relationship between Shiv Sena and BJP - alliance partners since more than two decades snowbowled before the Mumbai civic body elections forcing Sena to part ways. After his return last month, the young campaigner pledged to ensure the defeat of the BJP in the Gujarat polls. "I have grown up idolising Bhagat Singh and Balasaheb Thackeray, and I am extremely happy to be in the land of Veer Savarkar", he said.

Aaditya Thackeray also tweeted about the meeting and said, "Uddhav ji and I welcome @HardikPatel_ at Matoshri, he came to pay his tribute to @ShivSena Pramukh Shri Balasaheb Thackeray".

Summary: BJP, apparently accepting the challenge, without taking Uddhav Thackeray 's name, sought an open debate with the Sena leadership over the matter.

The Gujarati population comprises of 18 percent of the total electorate in Mumbai. The truth remains that the Gujaratis never voted for the Shiv Sena in Mumbai; it was only after the party took a Hindutva stand, from the 1990s and after the riots, that the community started voting for it. Shiv Sena has roped in Hardik Patel to woo the Gujarati voters.

In July past year, Patel was charged with sedition charges following which Gujarat High Court had ordered that he be exiled for six months.

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