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Two Dussehra gatherings in Maharashtra turned into political arenas on Wednesday. Strong arrows were used in the fight between Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde. Thackeray called the Shinde camp ‘traitors’. Shinde also responded by calling Uddhav a traitor to Hindutva. Addressing the annual Dussehra gathering at Mumbai’s iconic Shivaji Park grounds, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray called Eknath Shinde and his supporters “traitors”. Shiv Sena president said that the stigma of ‘traitor’ on us (Shinde) will never go away. Taking a dig at Shinde, Shiv Sena President Thackeray said, Times change, Ravana’s face also changes. I gave him (Shinde) the responsibility when I was sick and underwent surgery. But thinking that I would never stand on my feet again, they plotted against me. In June this year, Shinde’s rebellion toppled the Thackeray-led Mahavikas Aghadi government in the state.
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Thackeray, who resigned as chief minister in June, addressed the annual Dussehra gathering at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park. Meanwhile, the Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction organized a Dussehra gathering at BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex). Shinde’s rebellion led to the fall of the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena-Nationalist-Congress Mahavikas Aghadi government on 29 June, after which Shinde was sworn in as Chief Minister on 30 June. Hitting out at Shinde, former Chief Minister Thackeray said, the stigma of betrayal will never go away. As time changes, Ravana’s face also changes. Today he (in the form of Ravana) is treacherous. When my health deteriorated and I underwent surgery when I was chief minister, being the senior minister, I gave him (Shinde) the responsibility.” . Able to stand on my feet again.
Shinde gave a big blow to Uddhav in Dussehra gathering, brother Jaidev Thackeray came in support of Eknath
Today’s Ravana is known for ‘Khokha’: Thackeray
He said today’s Ravana is not known for having a large head but for ‘Khokha’ (money). Saying this, he also accused MVA of misusing the funds to topple the government. “If you don’t want me to stay as Shiv Sena president, then I will resign. But there is a limit to the lust for power… After the betrayal, he (Shinde) now wants the party symbol and wants to be called the party president. He wants to carry on Thackeray’s legacy because he wants to carry on his legacy. There will be no votes on the name. father”.
Uddhav swore to his parents
Thackeray said he has forged a post-election alliance with the traditional opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party to teach the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a lesson in breaking promises. Thackeray said, “I swear to my parents that it has been decided that the BJP and the Shiv Sena will hold the post of chief minister for two-and-a-half years.” Shinde was among the first leaders to take oath as a minister. No problem then.” His allies never recognized the new alliance.
Uddhav Thackeray attacked Shinde in Dussehra gathering, said- People will not forgive Kattappa, they will call traitor only.
No need to take Hindutva lessons from BJP: Thackeray
Thackeray also said that there is no need to learn Hindutva lessons from BJP. “BJP leaders met Nawaz Sharif (then Prime Minister of Pakistan) on his birthday without invitation and bowed before Jinnah’s grave,” he said. He was also accused of raising the issue of Hindutva to divert attention. After the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections, the Shiv Sena had severed ties with its ally BJP over the Chief Minister’s post.
“RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosable has held up a mirror to the BJP,” he said, referring to Hosable’s statement on rising income inequality and unemployment challenges, echoing leader Sushma Swaraj’s statement that when the rupee depreciates, it depreciates. The country also goes down.
Eknath Shinde roared at the Dussehra gathering, said – Shiv Sena is not a private company
Thackeray is all set for the by-elections
Trying to control the party founded by his late father, Thackeray enlisted the help of Shiv Sena activists present at the Dussehra gathering. He said, I have nothing today. But Shiv Sena will rise again with your support. I will again make a Shiv Sena worker as Chief Minister. Betrayers have to be defeated in every election. He also targeted BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and questioned whether Shah is the country’s home minister or BJP’s “home minister” who is only bringing down governments in states.
Shinde government spends most of its time in Delhi: Thackeray
Opposing Shah’s call for BJP workers to show land to Shiv Sena, Thackeray said, “We also want to see the land of Pak-occupied Kashmir become part of our country.” Criticizing the current Maharashtra government, Thackeray said that it has been almost 100 days since the Shinde-led government came to power, but most of its time is spent in Delhi. He said that all nationalist Indians should stay away from BJP as BJP aims to eliminate all political parties. Shiv Sena party chief said, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat had recently gone to the mosque. Have they left the side of Hindutva?
Our rebellion was not a betrayal, we are the true heirs of Balasaheb Thackeray’s legacy: Shinde
Targeting Thackeray, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said that his revolt was not ‘betrayal’ but a ‘rebellion’. He asked Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to kneel in front of his (Bal Thackeray’s) memorial and apologize for going against the ideals of party founder Bal Thackeray and forming an alliance with Congress and NCP.
Addressing a meeting held at the MMRDA ground in Bandra Kurla Complex on the occasion of Dussehra, Shinde said that in the 2019 assembly elections, voters in the state chose the Shiv Sena and the BJP, but Uddhav Thackeray chose the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. He ‘betrayed’ the people of the state by joining hands with Congress and NCP to form the government. He said the huge crowd at his Dussehra gathering was enough to show who is the true heir of Bal Thackeray’s legacy.
Shinde, the head of the rebel group in the party, criticized former Chief Minister Thackeray saying that Shiv Sena is not a ‘private limited company’ but a 56-year-old organization formed by the hard work of Shiv Sena workers. The Chief Minister defended the revolt against Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership in June. That revolt led to the fall of the MVA government. Shinde said his rebellion was not ‘betrayal’ but mutiny.