MUMBAI: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has hailed newly elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi as the leader who raised hopes in Gujarat while criticising the BJP rule at the centre as well as the state.
"Rahul toiled hard in Gujarat. He raised hopes of the people. I'm sure he would be able to live up to the trust that his party workers have shown in his leadership," Uddhav said here on Saturday.
He also criticised the BJP rule saying that several issues like the load-shedding, loan waiver and employment generation still remain unresolved.
Referring to the Gujarat exit-polls, Thackeray said that they don't match with the ground reality in Gujarat. "After the results, one will have to link the dots to explain the gap between the ground reality and the outcome of the elections," he added.
Referring to Aditya Thackeray's recent comments that the Shiv Sena might quit the state government within a year, Uddhav said it is very much possible.
"If the issues like load-shedding, loan waiver and employment generation are not being resolved, what is the point to be in the power," he said.
Shiv Sena yesterday won the Thane Zilla Parishad elections. Referring to that as "Thane formula" Uddhav Thackeray said that the formula will give a new direction to Maharashtra in days to come.
"Shiv Sena has never changed its policies after joining the government and that would see us triumph one day," he added.
He also categorically denied speculations regarding Shiv Sena getting Deputy Chief Minister's post in Maharashtra government.
The Siddhi Vinayak temple trust donated Rs 1 crore for water conservation works in Thane district on Saturday. Thackeray interacted with the media after the formal program.