Mumbai: Amid the comments of 'Hindutva' and 'Abandoning BJP' by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gives a fitting reply, and hits back at CM. He said that Shiv Sena was not even born when BJP had its members in the Mumbai civic body.
He said, "Shiv Sena has selective memory. The Shiv Sena was not even born when BJP had its members in the Mumbai civic body. In the 1984 election, their party candidate contested on a BJP ticket."
Addressing the party leaders and workers via virtual meet, Uddhav Thackeray said that Shiv Sena has 'wasted 25 years in alliance with Bhartiya Janta Party.' He further stated that now Shiv Sena has decided to abandon the Bhartiya Janta Party, but it will never abandon Hindutva, for the "BJP is not synonymous with Hindutva".
"Shiv Sena had aligned with the BJP as it wanted power for Hindutva. Sena never used Hindutva for the sake of power," he said.
Devendra Fadnavis claims that the minister was frustrated by his party finishing fourth in recent Nagar Panchayat or local body polls and was taking it out on the BJP. This is proven by his comments.
"Where were you in the Ram Janmabhoomi campaign? We took the bullets and the lathis. Today the Ram temple is being built at Ayodhya under the leadership of PM Modi," Mr Fadnavis said.
The BJP and the Sena fell out over power sharing after the 2019 Maharashtra polls. The Sena tied up with the ideologically opposite NCP and Congress to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.