When BalaSaheb Thackeray turned down alliance with “Scoundrel” NCP

Thackeray, ShivSena

In an interview to a news channel in 1999, Bal Thackeray had used the term “scoundrel” rejecting the possibility to join hands with Sharad Pawar.

MUMBAI| The deadlock over who will be the CM of Maharashtra continues. All the parties have pulled up their socks to form government in Maharashtra. The Presidential Rule is now in force in Maharashtra. As BJP withdraws from the race of government formation, ShivSena- the second largest party stake claim to form the government.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, ShivSena chief Uddhav Thackeray upheld the alliance with NCP-INC for government formation. Uddhav Thackeray called Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi for the tie-up.

As soon as the news broke out, netizens started sharing videos and photos of Late Balasaheb Thackeray calling NCP a “Scoundrel” on the question to form an alliance with NCP.

In an interview to NDTV in 1999, Bal Thackeray had used the term “scoundrel” rejecting the possibility to join hands with Sharad Pawar.

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“Possibility in politics, what? If at all it is said that it is a game of scoundrels, it is for a man to decide whether he wants to remain a gentleman or a scoundrel. If anybody’s trying to become a scoundrel, then? But I will not go along with a scoundrel, whoever he may be,” Thackeray senior said.

Senior Mr Thackeray also declared that he would “never” align with Sharad Pawar’s NCP.

“The man responsible for toppling the (BJP’s) Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government, how can we afford to shake hands with him? I will never at least. I will never.”

“Sharad Pawar was the one who openly said to the press ‘yes, my responsibility was to topple the government. That I have done’. He’s an expert in that. Knowing full well that he is the man (responsible) for the damage think of the people, the voters. Will they tolerate it? They will say you are cheating us,” said Bal Thackeray.

History explains Mr Thackeray and Mr Pawar were close at one point, during the 1980s. They worked together during the 1982 textile workers’ strike. The two fell out after ShivSena’s Chhagan Bhujbal launched a campaign accusing Mr Pawar publicly of a corruption scam.

In 1995, Mr Thackeray’s party defeated Sharad Pawar, then chief minister of a Congress government.

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