Uddhav: Modi Owes His Political Fortunes To Balasaheb Thackeray 

| Updated: February 13, 2023 12:19 pm

“I fell out with BJP but I never abandoned Hindutva. The BJP is not Hindutva. Uttar Bharatiyas want to know what Hindutva is. Hating each other is not Hindutva,” declared Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. He was speaking at a gathering of north Indians in Mumbai at Matoshree, Sunday.

Mincing no words, Thackeray targeted the PM stating that “Modi wouldn’t have come this far had Bal Thackeray not saved him when the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had asked him to follow Rajdharma.

Sena chief said that PM Modi wouldn’t have come this far had Bal Thackeray not “saved” him. He was apparently referring to Vajpayee’s remarks asking then Gujarat chief minister Modi to follow rajdharma post the 2002 Gujarat communal riots.

“It was Balasaheb who saved the current Prime Minister when Atalji (then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee) wanted him to honour Rajdharma. But Balasaheb intervened saying it was the need of the hour. Had that not happened he (PM Modi) wouldn’t have reached here,” Thackeray is reported to have said. 

Hitting out at the BJP, Thackeray alleged that the saffron party creates a rift among Hindus. He said his party severed ties with the BJP but they never abandoned Hindutva, adding that the Shiv Sena founder never nurtured hatred.

The Shiv Sena chief added that he snapped the alliance with BJP to protect his dignity and joined hands with the NCP and Congress to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls.

“…..Otherwise I would have been a slave with a belt around my neck just like some of my people have now become,” he said, in a veiled attack at the rebel Sena MLAs who joined the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led faction of the party.

“Being Hindu never meant being Marathi and hating north Indians. Balasaheb was against those who were anti-India irrespective of their religion,” he added.

Thackeray said he becomes a victim of the smear campaign whenever he meets north Indians or Muslims and questioned are raised on his Hindutva. “My meeting with you has been criticised. If I meet Muslims, it is said I have given up Hindutva. When PM Narendra Modi came to Mumbai two days back, whose kitchen did he go to? If I had done that, I would have been branded anti-Hindu by now,” he noted, referring to NaMo’s inauguration of the new Marol campus of the Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Arabic Academy.

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