Shiv Sena will not deviate from Hindutva, says Uddhav- "I am still with the ideology of 'Hindutva' and won't ever leave it," the chief minister said
- Fadnavis had earlier taken a jibe at Uddhav, saying that the Shiv Sena has compromised with its ideology by joining hands with the NCP and Congress
- The Shiv Sena's Hindutva now rests at the feet of (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi, Fadnavis had said
MUMBAI: Even as the Shiv Sena formed the government in Maharashtra
with ideologically different parties NCP and Congress, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray
on Sunday said that Hindutva idelogy is indispensable to Sena and the party will not leave it.
"I am still with the ideology of 'Hindutva' and won't ever leave it," the chief minister said during the state assembly session.
At a press conference earlier this week, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis
had said that Shiv Sena compromised with its core ideology — Hindutva — by joining hands with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party
“The Shiv Sena's Hindutva now rests at the feet of (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi. Everyone is seeing this," Fadnavis had said.
Speaking after BJP's Devendra Fadnavis' election as the leader of opposition, Uddhav said he learnt lot of things from the former chief minister.
"I have learnt a lot of things from Devendra Fadvanis and I will always be friends with him. In the past five years, I have never betrayed the government."
Uddhav took a jibe at Fadnavis over the collapse of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance after the former refused to accept Sena's demand for equal power-sharing in the new government.
"I am a lucky CM because those who opposed me are now with me and those who I was with are now on the opposite side. I am here with my luck and blessings of people. I have never told anyone that I will be coming here but I came," he said.
Continuing his tirade against the BJP, he said, "I won't call you (Devendra Fadnavis) an 'opposition leader', but I will call you a 'responsible leader'. If you would have been good to us then, all this (BJP-Shiv Sena split) would have not happened."