Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray seems to be still in shock after being unseated by Eknath Shinde and his aides last month. Thackeray said to his party mouthpiece, Saamana, that Shinde had downed him while he was unwell and admitted in a hospital and could barely move.
My government is gone, the Chief Minister’s post is gone, and I have no regrets. But my own people turned out to be traitors. “They were trying to pull down my government when I was recovering from my surgery,” Uddhav Thackeray said in the detailed interview.
Uddhav Thackeray predicted that the Shiv Sena would triumph in the legal and political battles. The rebellion is now threatening to strip him of leadership over the organisation his father, Bal Thackeray, founded.
They divided the party by betraying me. They ought to canvass using photos of their own fathers. Stop pleading for votes and using the Shiv Sena’s founder’s photos, he said.
The Shiv Sena leader recalled hearing rumours that “some were praying for my health and others were praying that he remained unwell” as he was recuperating from severe neck surgery that left him temporarily unable to use his limbs.
Mr Thackeray said the BJP has been trying to dub other parties’ past leaders as their “great leaders.” The way they speak of Sardar Patel as if he was attached to the saffron party, the rebels in Maharashtra are applying the same theory to my father,” he claimed.
The Thackeray faction has requested the Supreme Court to stop the Election Commission over the allocation of party symbols. The Shinde group has been calling themselves the “real Shiv Sena”.
The Election Commission has told both factions to produce evidence by August 8, then a decision will be made on who will be the real Shiv Sena. Thackeray lashed out, “I dare them if they try and separate Thackeray and the Shiv Sena.” Don’t use my father’s photo for votes.