Wasted 25 years in alliance with BJP: Uddhav Thackeray
Mumbai : Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday slammed BJP and claimed that his party’s association with the saffron party for last 25 years was a waste of time. He said that the party is now looking for options to expand themselves from Maharashtra.
He also claimed that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) - led by the BJP - shrank as old constituents like Akali Dal and Shiv Sena have already walked out of the bloc.
On the 96th birth anniversary of the party founder and his father Bal Thackeray, he said that the Sena had aligned with BJP for taking forward the agenda of Hindutva through power.
"Shiv Sena had aligned with BJP as it wanted power for Hindutva. Sena never used Hindutva for the sake of power," he said.
The Sena parted their ways from BJP after the 2019 Maharashtra polls and tied up with NCP and Congress to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
"We supported the BJP wholeheartedly to enable them to fulfill their national ambitions. The understanding was they will go national while we will lead in Maharashtra. But we were betrayed and attempts were made to destroy us in our home. So we had to hit back, " Mr Thackeray said, justifying his decision to align with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party after the 2019 elections.