Minutes after the hearing of the apex court, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray in his address to the party workers gathered at Matoshree on Wednesday said that attempts had been made to split the party in the past and now fresh attempts were aimed at finishing off Shiv Sena. Thackeray said he had full faith in the judiciary.
"Earlier, attempts were made to split the Shiv Sena but now the attempts are being made to finish off the party," Thackeray said.
He was apparently referring to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda's comments that in the times to come only an ideology-driven party like the BJP will survive, while others (parties) ruled by families will perish.
Thackeray referring to the Shinde-led rebellion said that the party nursed loyalty with love but they have turned traitors. ‘’No matter how much milk a snake is fed, it will bite," he claimed.
“Our battle is going on at two to three levels. We will not fall short in the street fight. The hearing is also going on in the court. The third battle is affidavit and membership registration,’’ said Thackeray and appealed to the party workers to increase the membership and also collect a maximum number of affidavits declaring commitment to the party.
Thackeray asked the party workers to step up efforts to strengthen the party organisations saying, ‘’Let the assembly elections come, then we will show our strength.’’