Uddhav Thackeray Slams BJP's 'Regressive Hindutva,' Vows to Reclaim Maharashtra's Glory

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray criticized the BJP's Hindutva ideology as "regressive" and vowed to reclaim Maharashtra's lost glory if the INDIA alliance comes to power. Thackeray's comments came in response to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's criticism of the Shiv Sena (UBT) over its Hindutva ideology.

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Uddhav Thackeray Slams BJP's 'Regressive Hindutva,' Vows to Reclaim Maharashtra's Glory

Uddhav Thackeray Slams BJP's 'Regressive Hindutva,' Vows to Reclaim Maharashtra's Glory

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday, labeling their Hindutva ideology as "gaumutradhari" (regressive) and contrasting it with his party's "reformist" Hindutva. Speaking at an election rally in Kankavali, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg district, Thackeray vowed, "When the INDIA alliance comes to power, I will ensure the lost glory of Maharashtra is reclaimed."

Why this matters: The ongoing political battle between the Shiv Sena factions and their respective alliances has significant implications for the upcoming elections and the future of Maharashtra's governance. The outcome of this election will also influence the national political landscape, as it may impact the BJP's stronghold in the region.

Thackeray's comments came in response to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's criticism of the Shiv Sena (UBT) over its Hindutva ideology. Shah had questioned whether Thackeray could mention freedom fighter and Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar in his speeches, implying that Thackeray was ashamed of Savarkar's legacy. Shah said, "What are you as Shiv Sena chief if you are ashamed of taking Savarkar's name. You are running a 'nakli' (fake) Shiv Sena. The real Shiv Sena is with (chief minister) Eknath Shinde."

Hitting back at Shah, Thackeray challenged BJP candidate Narayan Rane to stop him in his stronghold. "I have come here. If you come across to stop us, we will bury you,"Thackeray boasted. "I defeated you twice in the election here in Sindhudurg and third time outside my house in Bandra, still you are challenging me. "He also criticized Shah, saying,"Instead of challenging me to speak this and that, Shah should speak on whatdevelopmenthe did in the country in the last ten years."

Thackeray further warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP not to use Balasaheb Thackeray's name in the elections, saying, "I am seeking votes on my father's name, you should seek votes on your father's name." He criticized Modi for not talking about his manifesto but instead criticizing the Congress manifesto, labeling it as "Muslim league manifesto."

The Shiv Sena (UBT) chief promised to bring back projects, wealth, and companies that the Modi government had "stolen" from Mumbai and Maharashtra after the INDIA government came into power. He also vowed to rectify GST and provide relief to businessmen. Expressing confidence, Thackeray said the INDIA alliance will win 300 seats in the election and form the government. He apologized to the people of Maharashtra for supporting Modi in the 2019 elections, calling it his "mistake" to ally with him.

The Shiv Sena (UBT) and BJP were allies in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, but the partnership broke down in 2022 when Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction rebelled against Thackeray's leadership and formed the government with the support of the BJP. The Election Commission subsequently allotted the name 'Shiv Sena' and its bow and arrow symbol to the Eknath Shinde camp. Thackeray's fiery speech at the Kankavali rally marks a significant escalation in the ongoing political battle between the Shiv Sena factions and their respective alliances ahead of the crucialelections.

Key Takeaways

  • Uddhav Thackeray labels BJP's Hindutva as "gaumutradhari" (regressive) and contrasts it with Shiv Sena's "reformist" Hindutva.
  • Thackeray vows to reclaim Maharashtra's lost glory if INDIA alliance comes to power.
  • Thackeray hits back at Amit Shah, challenging BJP candidate Narayan Rane to stop him in his stronghold.
  • Thackeray warns PM Modi and BJP not to use Balasaheb Thackeray's name in elections.
  • Thackeray promises to bring back projects, wealth, and companies "stolen" from Mumbai and Maharashtra if INDIA alliance wins.