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Uddhav Thackeray Says BJP Indulging In Ugly Politics, Hits Out At “Fake Hindutva”

Targetting BJP at a public meeting in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena chief wondered if it was the same party which Shiv Sena considered to be a friend of 25 years.

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The Sena has left BJP and not Hindutva. I believe that BJP’s opportunistic Hindutva is only for power, the CM added. (Image: PTI)

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said some parties are misleading with “fake Hindutva” and accused estranged ally BJP of playing “ugly” politics.

Targeting BJP at a public meeting in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena chief wondered if it was the same party which Shiv Sena considered to be a friend of 25 years.

Speaking at his first public meeting after two years, Thackeray, who underwent spinal surgery last November, sounded the bugle for upcoming civic polls, including for Mumbai, and said attempts to break Mumbai from Maharashtra will never be allowed to succeed.

Thackeray said the BJP had given loudspeakers to its A, B, and C teams and asked them to visit Aurangzeb’s tomb and recite Hanuman Chalisa. “While BJP will watch the tamasha and address press conferences,” he charged.

He also said that Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ never insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi but highlighted issues of state and national importance.

Targeting the BJP over the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit in Budgam, Thackeray said, “Our ‘Hindutva’ is ‘Gadadhari’. Rahul Bhat was killed by terrorists at Tehsil’s office in J&K, now what will you (BJP) do? Will you read Hanuman Chalisa there?”

“They (BJP) can even give the party ticket to Dawood Ibrahim. The situation is very dangerous in the country. Whom we voted to power and trusted are backstabbing us,” he said.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister also hit out at the Centre for misusing central agencies, saying, “I’m warning you, if you will use central agencies to register false cases and trouble my people then we will not keep quiet, a befitting reply will be given, and none of you will be spared.”

(With ANI inputs)