Last update: July 30, 2022, 21:02 IST
In a veiled warning to Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday said there would be an “earthquake” if he started speaking. Questioning Thackeray’s decision to join hands with NCP and Congress, Shinde also said that he knows what happened to late Sena leader Anand Dege. “I was a witness to what happened to ‘Dharma Veer’,” Shinde said, referring to Dege, a Shiv Sena leader and mentor who died in 2002 after a road accident.
Thackeray, who resigned as chief minister in June after Shinde rebelled against him along with majority Shiv Sena MLAs, has often called the rebels “traitors”. Addressing a rally in Malegaon, Shinde said he revolted because he “wanted to protect the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray.” “If I start giving interviews, there will be an earthquake… Unlike some people, I have never traveled abroad for vacations every year. Shiv Sena and its growth was on my mind,” he said. . Late Shiv Sena founder Smita Thackeray’s daughter-in-law and his great-grandson Nihar Thackeray have supported him, Shinde noted.
Without naming Uddhav, he said that rebel legislators are being called traitors. “What do you call those people who compromise with Balasaheb’s ideology just to become Chief Minister?” he asked, “You contest elections in alliance with BJP and then with Congress and NCP. Together they become the chief minister. Isn’t it cheating,” Shinde further asked.
He claimed that under his leadership, Sena and BJP together will win 200 out of 288 seats in the next assembly elections.
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