18 May, 2021

‘Manmohan Is Decent, Don’t Scoff At Him’

Ahead of the four-cornered fight for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav speaks about Sena's campaign against BJP and more...

‘Manmohan Is Decent, Don’t Scoff At Him’
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2017-02-20T21:26:25+05:30

Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray ended his party’s 25-year-old alliance with the BJP at the level of civic bodies in Maharashtra. Not only is the Sena actively campaigning against the BJP, its chief is also praising Indira Gandhi and finding virtues in Manmohan Singh. Ahead of the four-cornered fight for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Uddhav speaks to Prachi Pringlay-Plumber.

When did you first sense trouble in your alliance with the BJP?

It actually started after the (2014) Lok Sabha elections…the way they behaved with us then and, later, ahead of the state assembly polls (in October that year). Even then, I remained patient and allied with them because the Congress had, after many years, lost power at both the state and centre. I didn’t want to jinx our victory. That’s why I did not insist on the Sena getting the deputy chief minister’s post or important portfolios. More than actively joining a government without the Congress, I felt it was...

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