Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday launched a scathing assault on Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray accusing him of trying to destroy the careers of leaders of his personal occasion.
Addressing a rally at Khed in Ratnagiri district from the identical venue the place Mr Thackeray had addressed a gathering a fortnight in the past, Mr Shinde stated he was the true heir of the legacy of Bal Thackeray, founding father of Shiv Sena.
The Election Commission not too long ago recognised the faction led by Mr Shinde because the Shiv Sena and allotted it the “bow and arrow” ballot image.
Mr Shinde, whose coup in opposition to Uddhav Thackeray had break up the Shiv Sena final yr and toppled the MVA authorities led by Mr Thackeray, stated he had by no means seen a pacesetter who conspires with different political events to destroy the political careers of his personal individuals.
He took the names of Raj Thackeray (MNS chief) and Narayan Rane amongst others, who had give up Shiv Sena a very long time in the past.
”How will the occasion develop in such a state of affairs? I’m not ‘gaddar’ (traitor) however ‘khuddar’ (a self-respecting individual). Uddhav Thackeray does not have the fitting to name us traitors,” he stated.
Senior leaders like Gajanan Kirtikar, Ramdas Kadam and others had labored shoulder to shoulder with Balasaheb to strengthen the Shiv Sena, however you name them traitors. “There is a restrict to train restrain,” Mr Shinde added.
“I’m not a chief minister who provides orders sitting at residence however I consider in going to the sector through the time of disaster. I used to be contaminated with the coronavirus twice. I’ve at all times labored on the sector, however you name me a traitor,” he stated targetting Mr Thackeray.
Mr Thackeray was accused by the Opposition BJP and the Shinde camp of operating the federal government from the consolation of his personal residence in Mumbai throughout his tenure because the chief minister when the pandemic had wreaked havoc.
“Uddhav Thackeray will be the inheritor to Balasaheb Thackeray’s wealth however to not the ideology which he has mortgaged to the Congress and the NCP to develop into the chief minister (in November 2019). I’m the heir of Balasaheb’s ideology and legacy,” Mr Shinde stated.
He stated Uddhav Thackeray ought to know that Balasaheb was a lot larger than simply being his (Uddhav’s) father and he ought to cease harping on the identical to achieve “sympathy”.
“I do not need your wealth. Balasaheb could also be your father however do not maintain harping on that to achieve sympathy. Balasaheb was a lot larger than simply being your father,” Mr Shinde charged.
He additionally focused the Congress occasion and stated Shiv Sainiks want to decide on between Rahul Gandhi “who cannot win state elections and can’t take duty for his occasion and the nationalist and patriotic prime minister Narendra Modi”.
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