As the BJP broke 25-year-old the ties with Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray has begun the blame game for breaking the alliance in Maharashtra just ahead of poll that may now go berserk with five parties contesting elections separately, for the first time in the Western powerful state.
BJP “has kicked us in the back despite 25-years of dear friendship,” he said. He alleged that it was a pre-planned move. “The plan to break the alliance was pre-planned. The Shiv Sena tried hard to ensure that the alliance remained in tact. However, they always wanted to break the alliance and made unreasonable demands right till the very end,” Thackeray said while addressing a rally at Mahalaxmi race course on Saturday evening.
Speaking out the seat-sharing ratio that broke their alliance, the Shiv Sena leader said his party was willing to give 18 more seats to keep the alliance in tact but the latter wanted more, that too winnable seats. BJP’s demand for 30-35 more seats was impossible to accept, he noted.
On BJP’s allegation that Uddhav’s desire to get the chief minister’s post had cost the alliance, he clarified: “If we asked for more seats to bag the CM’s post, then why did the BJP want more seats? Did they want to play marbles in Mantralaya after winning the assembly elections?”
Though he never wanted to become the chief minister, now that the alliance is broken, he would face the challenge and ensure that a ‘Shiv Sena chief minister’ would be installed in Mantralaya after the elections.
Questioning Modi Wave, Uddhav said, “There was a Modi wave in the Lok Sabha elections but the situation on the ground has changed now. Lok Sabha election is now history. I urge BJP leaders to keep their feet on the ground and come down from the air.”
Unfolding his calculative strategy, Uddhav said Shiv Sena would not field candidates against Munde family in the assembly and Lok Sabha by-poll election. “We will not contest against Pankaja and Pritam Munde. We have family ties with the Munde’s and we will not let politics take over the relation,” he said.
In his first 40-minute speech after the failure of the talks and split of the allaince with BJP, he focused more on BJP than the main rivals the Congress or the NCP of Sharad Pawar, which some analysts say meant an understanding reached out for post-poll adjustments.
He reiterated that BJP and its state leaders would not be spared by Shiv Sena sainiks in Maharashtra during the elections campaign.