Gajanan Kirtikar, Ramdas Kadam, Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray at Shiv Sena’s rally at Borivali on Friday.
Gajanan Kirtikar, Ramdas Kadam, Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray at Shiv Sena’s rally at Borivali on Friday.

Questions former CM’s honesty, says, Chavan has not served Maharashtra, but has only served the interests of builders

Mumbai : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray slammed ex-Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday for shielding Ajit Pawar in the controversial irrigation scam, alleging that Chavhan knew about it.

“I don’t know how ‘clean’ (incorruptible) Chavan himself is, but why didn’t he act against Ajit Pawar?” Thackeray asked. He also said that as CM, Chavhan has not served Maharashtra, but has only served the interests of builders.

The statements came on the occasion of Shiv Sena’s Dassera rally held in Borivali this year, instead of Shivaji Park as was the tradition. The HC ruling confirming Shivaji Park as silent zones as well as the break-up in the Sena-BJP alliance are some of the reasons which prompted this change in venue. The Sena wants to reach out to Suburban voters in North Mumbai since this is the first time they have fielded a candidate here. Also, Borivali has a large number of North Indians, Gujaratis and Marwaris, and so, this is one of the few seats where the Sena has feilded a non-Maharashtrian candidate, Uttamprakash Agarwal. For the last two decades while the alliance was intact, Borivali was a seat contested by the BJP. Agarwal is pitted against Ashok Sutrale of the Congress, Balbir Singh of the NCP, Nayan Kadam of the MNS and BJP bigwig Vinod Tawde

“Why shouldn’t we field a non-Maharashtrian? All our brothers and sisters from other communities are supporting us, some are even joining the Shiv Sena,” Thackeray said, while stating that all these years the seat-sharing arrangement meant that all the wards with a predominant non-Maharashtrian population were contested by the BJP.

Besides, Thackeray repeated his promise of building the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial at Chaitya Bhoomi and Shivaji Maharaj memorial in the Arabian Sea, something the Congress and NCP have also pledged in their election manifestos. He also promised the creation of a coastal road for Mumbai, development of the city’s Eastern coast and making Maharashtra a toll-free state.

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