In a late-night speech Friday evening, almost three hours after a high-level meeting between NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, the latter minced no words in calling out the BJP. This was his third televised public address ever since the political turmoil began in the state.
Thackeray stated that “insults heaped on him are part of the game” but allegations thrust on his family are “unfair.” Reminding the people how they made him the CM, he added that he is ready to step down, should the mandate be thus.
His address earlier in the day was an emotional rouser with Uddhav breaking into tears on several occasions. However, the late-night address saw a composed CM taking on the rebel camp and the BJP.
In his speech, he reiterated that the Sena is “far from finished” and that he will “fight to the end.” The CM harped on the NCP and Congress support and urged the Sainiks to gather courage and build the party once again.
“The BJP has used Central agencies to break our back. People siding with the BJP must be questioned. I am ready to resign if the Sainiks so wish,” he stated, adding that “our own stabbed us in the back.” Meanwhile, a high-level national Shiv Sena executive committee meet has been called at Matoshree on Saturday at 1 pm.