Mumbai: Addressing a rally at Shiv Sena stronghold Goregaon, sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray took a jibe at the Bhartiya Janata Party by saying that they dont take initiatives for any projects and are present at inaugurations to take credit of the work. Thackeray said that the party has only criticised others and have not shown support in many projects.
Thackeray on Sunday claimed that his party is functioning as a corrective force by being part of governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra to “control” the anti-people policies.
“We have seen that if power is not controlled, it becomes uncontrollable. Being in the government we tried to keep (the BJP) in control,” Thackeray said.
Thackeray said, “Every Mumbaikar knows who got the Metro project in the city. They also know that the BJP is falsely claiming it to be their ptoject. That is what they have been doing so far.”
Hitting back at BJP’s allegations on Sena’s involvement in various scams occured in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Uddhav thackeray said, “The BJP shouldnt forget that it was in alliance with us for past two decades in the BMC. Accordingly, if they are blaming us for irregularities, then they are equally blaimng themselves for the same.”
Speaking on the Centre’s move of demonetization, Thackeray said that he has also been affected by demonetization. “Looking at the distress that people went through by standing in queues, I was affected,” he added.
Thackeray added that he was also affected when a pregnant women lost her child as she couldnt withdraw money from her bank for the treatment.
Criticising the demonetisation move, Thackeray said that the BJP can never be affected by this as they are a ‘heartless government’. “They (BJP) wont feel the pain what common people went through after demonetisation as they are heartless,” he said.
Thackeray left no stones unturned to propagate about their work in the civic body. He said, “We have distributed free tablets, gave medical facilities, improved the water suplly system of the city and worked on the ground level. On the other hand, the BJP has always restrained themselves to give approval for many of our projecsts.”
Ending his speech, Thackeray urged voters to conduct a surgical strike on Feb 21 (BMC election date) and outvote the BJP.
While sena had bagged five out of the seven seat in Goregaon during 2012 elections, the Indian National Congress managed to win two seats.
“While being a part of the government, Sena opposed many policies that were anti-India and anti-people and today those policies are stuck. Be it the Land Acquisition Bill or the GST Bill, we made them make the necessary amendments,” he said in the final part of his interview to Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
Thackeray quipped that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi chooses to hold any election rally in the city for the upcoming Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, the Shiv Sainiks will go and respectfully invite him to be a part of Sena’s victory celebrations on February 23.
“Modiji had to conduct 23 rallies in the state during Assembly polls to win. This time, even if he comes, the Sena will win. We want him to be a part of our celebrations,” the Sena leader said.
(With agency inputs)