Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said the BJP does not have a “patent” for Hindutva. He claimed that the late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray had shown the BJP that a combination of “saffron and Hindutva” could help it gain power at the Centre.) There are different names like Bharatiya Jana Sangh and Jana Sangh which propagate different ideologies. We do.
He had joined the campaign of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) candidate Jayshree Jadhav through digital media in the by-election to be held in Kolhapur North constituency on April 12. He on Sunday blamed the BJP for the defeat of the Shiv Sena candidate in the Kolhapur seat during the 2019 assembly elections. At that time there was an alliance between the two parties.
Thackeray wondered whether the BJP had secretly allied with the Congress in the 2019 elections in this seat.
“The BJP does not have a patent for Hindutva. I wonder what issue BJP would have raised in politics if Lord Ram had not been born. BJP is talking about spreading religion and hatred because it lacks issues.”
Thackeray said it was his father Bal Thackeray who showed him (BJP) that saffron and Hindutva can take him on the way to Delhi.
Speaking on the Kolhapur North bypoll, Thackeray said, “In 2019, the Congress vote (in Kolhapur North seat) increased compared to 2014, resulting in the defeat of the Shiv Sena candidate despite the alliance with the BJP.” Where did the BJP vote go in 2019? Did you have a secret alliance with Congress at that time?
He asked if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims that it respects Bal Thackeray, then why is it opposing the proposal to name the upcoming international airport in Navi Mumbai after the late Shiv Sena founder.
Thackeray claimed that the BJP had promised the chief minister’s post to Shiv Sena in the 2019 elections. Perhaps referring to this, the Chief Minister said, “Why did the BJP come back with its words and commitment which (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah did in Balasaheb’s room which I consider to be a temple.”
It is worth noting that after the 2019 assembly elections, the alliance of BJP and Shiv Sena was broken over the sharing of the chief minister’s post. The BJP and Shah Thackeray had denied the allegations.
Shiv Sena is a constituent of MVA while other allies are Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Thackeray said that the experiment of MVA connection has been successful. “This is the reason why Shiv Sena has not claimed the Kolhapur North seat,” he said. Thackeray said the constituents of the MVA had discussed the shortcomings in a recent meeting.
Attacking the BJP, the Chief Minister said, “We have realized that it is not the governance or administration in which we are lagging behind, but we are lagging behind in spreading lies.” The bypoll is being held on April 12 following Jadhav’s death. MVA candidate Jayshree Jadhav is the wife of late MLA Jadhav and the BJP has fielded Satyajit Kadam against her.