Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | Remember, Modi cannot finish me: Uddhav Thackeray

'During the time of Mahabharata, Draupadi was disrobed… now democracy is being disrobed. This fight is to save democracy,' said Thackeray
Last Updated : 12 May 2024, 10:26 IST
Last Updated : 12 May 2024, 10:26 IST

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Mumbai: The ongoing political Mahabharata is all about saving democracy and to preserve independence, Shiv Sena (UBT) head Uddhav Thackeray said even as he asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot finish him off.

“Maharashtra is witnessing a saffron wave… surely a change is happening in the State and the Centre,” said Thackeray, a former Maharashtra Chief Minister.

In a two-part interview to party mouthpieces — Marathi daily Saamana and Hindi tabloid Dophar ka Saamana, Thackeray lashed out at the BJP for the misuse of central agencies like Income Tax, Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation.

The interview was conducted by journalist-politician Sanjay Raut, who is the Executive Editor of Saamana and party’s Rajya Sabha member and chief spokesperson.

Thackeray also referred to how Shiv Sena, which was headed by him and NCP, led by Sharad Pawar, was broken by the BJP for political aims.

“During the time of Mahabharata, Draupadi was disrobed… now democracy is being disrobed. This fight is to save democracy. We were not there during the freedom struggle… people have fought, struggled and sacrificed their lives, they showed exemplary courage. We have to preserve this independence,” said Thackeray, adding: “…the policies of Kauravas would not yield results… remember there were just five Pandavas but they defeated 100 Kauravas.”

He also pointed out Pandavas were fighting for truth and dharma and this was the only reason Lord Krishna sided with them.

To a question whether “we are winning this battle,” Thackeray asserted: “Undoubtedly.”

Thackeray said that Modi is traversing through the entire state. “Now it appears that he will do road shows in gully-mohalla… he must feel the resentment of people of Maharashtra,” he said.

Referring to the Shiv Sena split, Thackeray spoke about the Supreme Court verdict and questioned the role of the then Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

On the last 10 years’ of Modi’s rule at the Centre, Thackeray said: “I don’t want Modi-sarkaar, I want Bharat-sarkaar… the government stands exposed now before the public.”

According to him, in 2014 and 2019, Maharashtra played a key role in ensuring that Modi becomes the Prime Minister. “Forty-plus MPs were elected from Maharashtra (in the last two Lok Sabha polls),” he said, adding that Modi not only betrayed Shiv Sena but also Maharashtra. “This was evident from the fact that big projects were taken away from Maharashtra to Gujarat,” he said.

Published 12 May 2024, 10:26 IST

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