Uddhav Thackeray Forsakes Bal Thackeray’s Ideology, Joins Forces with NCP and Congress for the Sake of Political Power: Eknath Shinde
Uddhav Thackeray Betrayed Bal Thackeray’s Ideology to Join NCP and Congress, Says Eknath Shinde
Eknath Shinde, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and a Shiv Sena leader, launched a scathing attack on Uddhav Thackeray, accusing him of abandoning Bal Thackeray’s ideology in exchange for a political alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Indian National Congress.
Shinde made these remarks during an event commemorating the 57th foundation day of Shiv Sena. He criticized Uddhav Thackeray, who leads the Shiv Sena (UBT) faction, asserting that the principles established by Bal Thackeray were compromised in pursuit of the chief minister’s position.
In his speech, Shinde highlighted the contradiction between Uddhav Thackeray’s actions and the words he had spoken at the Shiv Sena (UBT) plenary. He accused Uddhav of betraying Balsaheb’s principles by forming an alliance with the NCP and Congress, despite Bal Thackeray’s firm stance against Shiv Sena becoming like the Congress.
Shinde further pointed out that during Uddhav’s speech, he referred to June 20 as “gaddar divas” (traitors’ day) and insinuated that Uddhav himself had betrayed the party’s principles. Shinde emphasized that allegations of being traitors leveled against him and other MLAs would not garner any sympathy from the public for Uddhav.
The Chief Minister stressed that by forsaking Bal Thackeray’s principles for the sake of power, Uddhav had lost the support of the people. He accused Uddhav of disregarding the legacy of Balsaheb, which had been built on the foundation of representing the pride of Marathi speakers in Mumbai.
This event marked Eknath Shinde’s first address at the foundation day celebration following the split within Shiv Sena and the collapse of his government last year. The Shiv Sena, founded by Bal Thackeray on June 19, 1966, has now witnessed factions vying for the claim of being the true inheritor of Thackeray’s legacy, ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly elections, as well as the long-pending civic polls in Mumbai.
The split in Shiv Sena occurred in June last year when Eknath Shinde and 39 other MLAs rebelled against Uddhav Thackeray, leading to the downfall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition government comprising Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress.
As the political landscape heats up in Maharashtra, both factions of Shiv Sena are striving to establish themselves as the rightful successors to Bal Thackeray’s principles and secure support for the forthcoming elections.
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