Mumbai: Aditya Thackeray, the Shiv Sena’s youth wing leader, Friday hit out at the BJP for “back-stabbing” the party, saying that “once BJP’s ‘acche din’ started, they did not want us” and voiced confidence that his party would manage to form a government on its own in Maharashtra after the assembly elections later this month.
In an interview to CNN-IBN, the 24-year-old son of son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Aalso criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for targeting his father for aspiring to be chief minister in case the alliance came to power.
The Shiv Sena and the BJP ended its 25-year-old alliance in Maharashtra over seat sharing and projection over a chief ministerial candidate and are to go it alone in the Oct 15 elections.
The Yuva Sena chief accused the BJP of backstabbing the party.
“There were always elements in the BJP that wanted to break the alliance. The BJP and Shiv Sena always had arguments but never had fights. Once BJP’s ‘acche din’ started, they did not want us. We were not treated well. We feel back stabbed. BJP backstabbed us in spite of rising to prominence because of us – for the benefit of Maharashtra,” he said, according to the CNN-IBN transcript.
Thackeray said there was lack of proper communication between the two parties during meetings to chalk strategies over seat-sharing.
“The communication could have been better, we got updates through the media,” he said.
He also hit out at the BJP for criticising Uddhav Thackeray’s aspirations on becoming the chief minister in case the alliance came to power.
“What is wrong with aspiring for the CM’s post? Why was the BJP aspiring for the PM’s post during the general elections,” he asked.
He ruled out any chance of joining hands with uncle Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). “The MNS and Shiv Sena are on different paths; from being friends to enemies. There is no talk of coming tomorrow,” he said.