New Delhi: In a veiled attacked on BJP chief Amit Shah, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said that he had told Rajnath Singh to continue as BJP President till the Maharashtra assembly elections and had he been at the helm of affairs the alliance would not have broken.
Thackeray also said that he had also contacted Singh, Sushma Swaraj and party patriarch L K Advani during the talks with BJP on seat-sharing and apprised them about the situation.
“I had told Rajnath Singh to continue as BJP President till Maharashtra elections. Had he been there, he would have kept us together.
“A day before the BJP parliamentary board decided to nominate Modi as prime ministerial candidate, he had called me to tell me that his name will be announced and sought our support. I supported it. He is someone who can keep things together,” Thackeray told news channels.
“I had even called Advaniji to tell him what is happening and even he said that it won’t be good if the alliance breaks,’’ added.
Thackeray said the way Shah spoke at a rally about having the next BJP government in Maharashtra, it was apparent that the BJP did not want Shiv Sena as ally. The Sena leader said even earlier there were instances when the alliance had come under strain but “mature” leaders like the late Pramod Mahajan and Gopinath Munde knew how much to stretch.