Mumbai : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, at a press conference held here on Wednesday, once again questioned the ‘Modi Wave’. taking a dig at the BJP, Uddhav said, “The Prime Minister would not have been invited to address so many public meetings if BJP was confident of winning on “Modi wave.”
“There are so many statements coming from them (the BJP) that speak about Modi’s plans to hold several rallies for the upcoming state Assembly polls. I have nothing against Modi. But it is very clear that if there was indeed a ‘Modi wave’ in the state, they would not have asked him (Modi) to hold so many rallies. It is the first time that a PM will hold so many rallies before Assembly polls,” he said.
Thackeray was addressing reporters at his residence here, on the sidelines of a meeting with delegation of Maharashtra Sikh Association workers, who have announced their support to his party for the state polls.
BJP general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Maharashtra, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, had said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address 22-24 election meetings across the state between October 4 and 13.
Dismissing speculations of a post-poll alliance with his estranged cousin Raj Thackeray, Uddhav said the call made by him to the ailing MNS chief was out of “courtesy”.
“I did call Raj Thackeray to enquire about his health. But we have not met. It was just a courtesy call and if I call him to ask about his health, why is the health of some people deteriorating,” he quipped.
When asked if Sena’s lone minister in the Union Cabinet Anant Geete will resign after Modi’s return from the US trip, Thackeray said a decision will be taken after holding consultations with the Prime Minister.
“I cannot comment on what will happen in the future. But once Modi returns, we will have discussions with him and then we will take a final call,” he said.
Denying allegations that he had ordered Sena workers to ensure defeat of certain BJP leaders, Thackeray said he only wishes good for his opponents.
“I do not think bad for anyone. The Sena is fighting to win elections. I do not want any negative power by my side,” he said.
It was being said that the Shiv Sena workers have been instructed to ensure defeat of three prominent BJP leaders Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde and Ashish Shelar, as they are considered to be the prime force behind the BJP-Sena split.
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No speeches at Dussehra rally this year
Shiv Sena’s annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park here, which is known for fiery speeches, will not have any speeches this year at all. Party chief Uddhav Thackeray made it clear at a press conference on Wednesday.
“We shall perform the traditional ‘Shastra Puja’ (arms worship) at Shivaji Park, but there will be no speeches… The Dussehra speeches will be at the Borivali rally,” Thackeray said. This is probably for the first time in 48 years, that the Dussehra rally won’t have any speeches. Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s fairy speeches made Dussehra rally a red-letter day in Maharashtra’s political calendar.