Andheri – In a rare show of aggression, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray blasted his former allies on a public forum on Thursday.
“Instead of uplifting the city, Mumbai has been defamed. Maharashtra will not tolerate this hypocrisy. Everyone is happy with the breakup of the alliance and now we will teach them a lesson," he thundered in a press conference. The comment was a direct hit at chief minister Devendra Fadnavis who had alleged that the Sena has been ruining the city.
Thackeray mentioned politician Pappu Kalani who was kept at bay by late minister Gopinath Munde, but has now been 'welcomed back into the BJP fold'. “Initially, saints and noted personalities used to sit on the dais, but now only criminals come on to the stage. This is not progress and we will not entertain this behavior,” he pointed out.
Fadnavis had mentioned in his speech the earlier day that the BJP had cleared the Metro project within two years and got several other ambitious projects sanctioned. Thackeray took offence at this statement and said that 'it it is shame that BJP has to ask for votes on the basis of these points'.
“I will criticize as I feel it is important,” he said. He also commented on a photograph in which prime minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, and Pappu Kalani were seen together. “I thank my stars that we broke up with the BJP or else I would have been in the picture with Modi, Shah and Kalani,” concluded Thackeray.