'Achche Din' limited to government advertisements, says Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray 

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray lashed out at the BJP-led Central government on a range of issues from demonetization to crop loan waiver in a special interview.

Published: 23rd July 2017 10:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2017 10:30 PM   |  A+A-

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray lashed out at the BJP-led Central government on a range of issues from demonetization to crop loan waiver in a special interview, published in the party mouthpiece, Saamana. 

“Acche Din” is only limited to government advertisements, “Why do we need centralization? I feel decentralization is good. Do we have true democracy in the country? It appears all affairs are going to be run as per the wishes of the Prime Minister? He is centralizing power at the Centre, instead of decentralizing it,” Thackeray said in the interview conducted by Saamana executive editor and Shiv Sena MP from Rajya Sabha Sanjay Raut.

It has been a usual practice to run a full-length interview of Thackeray in the party mouthpiece on the occasion of his birthday on July 27. This year he is turning 57.

“It's a complete mess. We won't keep quiet. Now, they must decide whether to bear it or bear it. See, in Gujarat small traders took to the streets opposing GST and they were mercilessly beaten up. I read today that 1.50 million people lost jobs directly due to demonetization, meaning six million (dependents) will suffer a hit. Who will provide for these six million their daily 'dal-roti'? ” Thackeray asked.

The Shiv Sena leader also took a jibe at the Maharashtra government despite the fact that his party is a constituent of the state's ruling coalition. “While announcing crop loan waiver, Fadnavis said that his government will clear land records of 36 lakh farmers and benefit 89 lakh farmers. I'd like the government to prepare a list of all these farmers and present them in the state assembly," he said. 

Uddhav's comments came against the backdrop of cross-voting in the recently held presidential polls. Ram Nath Kovind, NDA's presidential candidate, won 23 votes from Opposition MLAs after which the BJP appears to have gained the confidence to run the state government without Shiv Sena's support. 

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