Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray on Friday Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis not to induct NCP chief Sharad Pawar in to BJP as we (both BJP-SS) will be left with no choice to criticise the Opposition. In a lighter vein, Thackeray said whoever has come under line of fire from saffron combine, later joins BJP-SS and therefore if Pawar joins BJP, whom we will criticise when there is nobody in front of us. Let critics be there in front of us, Thackeray added.
Fadanvis in his speech in Nagpur asked the party workers to maintain the 10-0 score in Vidarbha of year 2014 and saffron combine will win more than 42 seats, he claimed. Listing the achievements of BJP-SS government, he said five lakh houses have been built and equal number of houses will be built. Construction workers were given pension Rs 3000 of each and crop loan waiver has benefitted the farming community.
Thackeray continued his tirade against Sharad Pawar in Nagpur saying a cricket player in Pakistan became Prime Minister (Imran Khan in Pakistan) but here he one (Pawar), who was dreaming to become Prime Minister, ultimately ended up becoming Cricket Board president.
Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari in his speech in Nagpur recalled his ministry’s developmental activities in laying road network in the country. He listed his achievements in NDA government.
Earlier in Amravati, Thackeray and Fadanvis addressed a joint meeting of party workers while launching the poll campaign in Vidarbha. State BJP President Raosaheb Danve, Finance
Minister Sudhir Mungattiwar, MoS Pravin Pote, Ranjeet Patil, Sanjay Rathod, Anandrao Adsul, Prataprao Jadhav and MP Bhavna Gawali were present on the occasion. Gadkari did not turn
up for the launch. Thackeray did not utter a single word on foot over bridge collapse near CST in Mumbai last evening where six persons were killed and more than 34 injured.
“The Bhartiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance is not an alliance between merely two parties or two organisations, nor it is for power. It is an alliance of ideologies shared by Hindu oriented parties for nationalism. It stood the ground so far and it will stand in future. It is as unbreakable as the bond of Fevicol,” asserted Fadnavis while launching electioneering.
Asserting that the alliance is impeccable, CM, in an indirect attack on Congress-NCP
leaders, said, ”Some political rivals badly wanted our separation as they had their eye on the power, but once the alliance was announced, they started backtracking.” Asking the gathering not to get carried away by false propaganda on social media against the alliance candidates,
Fadnavis spoke highly of the work done by the Centre and the State in last five years and claimed that it contributed a lot in improving the living standard of the poor. “We don’t claim that there are no difficulties left now. They still are there, but we also have the ways to handle them. What is paramount is we made a sincere attempt in bringing about a change in every individual’s life,” the CM said.
Fadanvis said that leaders like Sharad Pawar and Ashok Chavan were now withdrawing themselves from the poll fray. Last time we won 42 seats (in Maharashtra). Now, let’s create a record by sweeping all. This is the election for India’s victory,” he concluded.
Addressing the packed auditorium, Thackeray said that he never allowed his party’s recent tiff with BJP to harm the interests of the state. He reiterated that the Sena never opposed the Fadnavis government for any personal interests. and called Fadnavis to throw out the bureaucrats in his government who stall the government schemes from reaching the grass-roots. “BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has grown into a tall tree. In no case should we allow pests to eat into it.