Uddhav accuses BJP of ‘cheating’ his ‘gullible’ father

Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena Chairman Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday he saw the BJP deceiving his ‘gullible’ father and Sena founder Bal Thackeray that he himself was acting shrewdly with the party and could not ignore the “games” he played under the guise of Hindutva.

In a veiled attack on Maharashtra President Navnirman Sena (MNS) and his ex-cousin Raj Thackeray, the chief minister said he was paying no attention to ‘new actors’ in Hindutva. Without naming the MNS, he also said the party experiments to see if a cause works for them or not.

Speaking in an interaction hosted by the Marathi daily ‘Loksatta’, Uddhav Thackeray accused the BJP of deceiving Bal Thackeray during the latter’s lifetime when the two sides were still partners.

“It is alleged that the Shiv Sena is not the same as it was during the time of Balasaheb Thackeray. It’s correct. Balasaheb bhole hote (Balasaheb was gullible),” he said.

“I myself have seen how you deceived Balasaheb from time to time. Therefore, I behave a little smart with you. I am not gullible. He was unaware of the games you played in the guise of Hindutva. But I won’t ignore it,” he added.

The chief minister said his father instilled Hindutva in him.

Asked about Raj Thackeray, he said: “I don’t pay attention to these players. People have experienced exactly what games these players play and on what basis. Sometimes they play Marathi game, sometimes Hindutva…the people of Maharashtra have seen such games.

In the past, the MNS had raised the cause of the Marathi people, while lately it has taken a pro-Hindutva stance. At his organized rally last month, Raj Thackeray gave an ultimatum to the state government to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3 or else Hanuman Chalisa would be played at a higher volume outside. of these religious places.

“…For the past two years, theaters and cinemas have been closed due to the pandemic. So, if someone is entertained for free, why shouldn’t they enjoy it? Uddhav Thackeray joked, apparently referring to speeches by Raj Thackeray who is due to address a public gathering in Aurangabad on Sunday evening.

The Chief Minister further stated that a consumer returns a product if he does not like it in the age of marketing.

Likewise, the party experiments to see if a cause works for it or not, he said without naming the MNS.

The Shiv Sena is a “Hindutvawadi” party, he added.

He said the Supreme Court’s order on noise pollution is for the whole country and the Center should issue an order to implement it.

The chief minister said he did not read the supreme court order, but tried to understand it. He added that his understanding is that the order does not talk about removing only certain speakers.

“People of all religions will have to follow this,” he added.

Thackeray also accused the BJP of vendetta politics in Maharashtra. The Chief Minister did not elaborate on his comment but it is believed he was referring to actions taken by central agencies against the leaders of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in the state.

With NDTV inputs

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