|
|
|
|
|
25th Zilhaj 1435 | Monday, Oct 20, 2014
Politics

Uddhav Thackeray hints at rapprochement with Raj

Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Comments(0)
Mumbai, January 30:

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday hinted that he was open to the possibility of his party joining hands with cousin Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

The clear hint came in an interview to the party mouthpiece Saamna, Thackeray's first since his father Balasaheb Thackeray's death Nov 17 last year and after he took over the reins of the party Jan 17.

Responding to a question on whether the cousins could come together, Thackeray said: "You cannot clap with one hand. Tell me, can you?"

Pushing further, Saamna's executive editor and party MP Sanjay Raut asked whether this implied the two parties could join hands?

"Why do you ask this question only to me? I am ready to reply. But for that you have to make us sit together, next to each other. Then you can ask the question to both of us. It depends on both sides," Thackeray said, hinting at the possibility of burying the hatchet with Raj.

"More important than coming together, we have to first analyse why we drifted away... If we reunite, then for what purpose? Who is your main political opponent? Who do you want to destroy politically? And what direction should be taken for achieving this?" Thackeray told Raut.

When asked to clarify his views, Thackeray said the late Bal Thackeray had founded the Shiv Sena over four decades ago to fight for the rights of the Marathis and ensure justice for the sons of the soil.

"Subsequently, when he realised that Islamic groups were posing a threat to the country in the form of a green demon, he said that only the Marathis would not be able to tackle the challenge. So he adopted the policy that in Maharashtra he would fight for Marathis. For the entire country he would be a Hindu," Thackeray said.

He lamented that Marathis were divided on the basis of religion and caste and Bal Thackeray united them under a saffron Hindu banner. But during elections the situation was back to square one.

Thackeray emphasised that the Shiv Sena "was the party of the Marathis" and pointed out that his father had stepped forward to forge an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party over two decades ago to ensure that the Hindu vote did not split.

---IANS

Latest News

Voter list revision schedule announced

Election Commission of India has announced the new schedule for the revision of electoral rolls. In order to regulate the election process i ...

Telangana tops the list for police employees’ welfare

On the occasion of “Martyrs’ Day”, on 21st October, while addressing a press conference, DGP o ...

“Farmers’ Empowerment Center” inaugu...

CM of A.P. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu while addressing a press conference in Secretariat yesterday informed that Govt. of A.P. is committed waive ...

Related News

BJP leaders discuss Maharashtra, Haryana C...

BJP held hectic consultations Monday over government formation in Haryana and Maharashtra with party leaders weighing various factors to de ...

53,613 voters press NOTA button in Haryana

More than 53,000 voters have opted for ‘None of the Above (NOTA)’ option in EVMs in the Haryana ...

BJP to stake claim to form govt even without majority: Rudy

Even as suspense continued over the composition of government in Maharashtra, BJP today said that be ...

Post new comment

To combat spam, please enter the code in the image.

Rs. 27000 (Per 10g)

Opinion Poll
Do you think the victory of BJP in Haryana and Maharashtra, last nail in the Congress coffin?
YesNoCan't say

Matrimony | Photos | Videos | Search | Polls | Archives | Advertise | Letters

© The Siasat Daily, 2012. All rights reserved.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Abids, Hyderabad - 500001, AP, India
Tel: +91-40-24744180, Fax: +91-40-24603188
contact@siasat.com