MUMBAI: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray hailed the BJP for quitting the Jammu and Kashmir government as he addressed the party cadre during concluding session of the day-long conclave on the occasion of the party's foundation day here on Tuesday.
Though Thackeray welcomed the BJP's move to pull out of the J&K government, he slammed the BJP for belated wisdom dawned after martyrdom of 600 Jawans. Thackeray also came down heavily against BJP for its policies and lopsided implementation of schemes. He appealed party workers to launch fact finding mission to ascertain whether benefits of government schemes have really reached the common man.Contrary to expectations Thackeray didn't make any significant political announcement. Though he spoke of Shiv Sena grabbing the power in the state on its own, he kept mum on alliance with the BJP.
He also strongly indicated that the Shiv Sena definitely won't be joining the Third Front."I congratulate BJP for their decision," Thackeray said mentioning their decision to pull out of the J&K government, but then lashed out at the BJP in the very next sentence.
"Why it took them more than three years to realize that they need to quit the government? Why couldn't they understand who is ruling the Kashmir back then? Why it took them the martyrdom of 600 Army Jawans to realize that the things are not moving in the way they were expected to move?" Thackeray asked."We have several differences with the BJP. Yet we welcome their decision on J&K," Thackeray said and added, "They shall be praised for all the right things they do.
"Thackeray, who sought to attack the BJP and boost the morale of the party cadres, raised questions over several of the BJP's decisions."If terrorists don't have a religion, then why the government agreed to an idea of cease fire during Ramazan? Does the defense minister belongs to the country or a party?" Thackeray asked."Why can't Hindus get even an inch of land in Kashmir while the BJP had been in the power at the centre for four years," Thackeray roared.
He also lashed out at the proposed bill to allow entry of Bangladeshi Hindus."How can we differentiate between Hindus and Muslims coming from Bangladesh?" he asked and said that Shiv Sena shall oppose any such bill regarding Assam in the Lok Sabha.
Referring to BJP president Amit Shah's visit to his residence Matoshree, Thackeray said, "Now they have started giving importance to Shiv Sena." However, people who have played politics in the name of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray won't be spared, he added.
Thackeray also criticized Sharad Pawar over his recent remarks regarding Pagdi (Marathi headgear) and said he is trying to divide Marathi people on the basis of castes. Thackeray also junked the idea of third front mooted by Pawar."Nobody needs him anymore.
So, he needs to use his head and not the Pagdi," Thackeray taunted.Thackeray also lashed out at the BJP governments over announcement of several projects."Who needs Bullet Train and Baroda Highway? Why not take the refinery project to Vidarbha?" he asked while underlining that the party shall oppose the development projects.
Thackeray also was critical of over Rs 3000 crore spent by the government on advertising its schemes. "This money belongs to the common people. We should work as a mirror and show people how much real work has been done," he told his party cadres.