New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday took a jibe at his cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, saying that he doesn’t have to prove his Hindutva to anyone, as his Hindutva is pure courtesy his father, the late Balasaheb Thackeray. Also Read - 'Pakistani, Bangladeshi Inflitrators Should be Thrown Out,' Says Raj Thackeray at MNS Mega Rally
Uddhav, who is also the chief of the Shiv Sena, made these remarks in a meeting of Sena leaders at the party office in south Mumbai’s Sahyadri. His ‘observation’ came in the wake of Raj holding a massive rally in support of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Also Read - 'Why India Should Shelter Illegal Infiltrators', Raj Thackeray Announces Support to CAA, NRC
Speaking in the meeting, the Maharashtra CM said that he had not changed the colour or agenda of his party, the comment being in reference to the MNS unveiling a new saffron party flag last month. Also Read - Raj Thackeray's Son Joins MNS on Bal Thackeray's Birth Anniversary | 5 Things to Know About Amit Thackeray
“I have not abandoned my Hindutva,” the Sena chief is said to have remarked in the meeting.
While Uddhav has been supportive of the CAA as it does not take away the rights of any Indian citizen, he has been skeptical of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Raj, on the other hand, has been a much vocal supporter of the CAA than his cousin, questioning why India should shelter illegal infiltrators, also threatening to drive out illegal infiltrators ‘MNS style.’
The Shiv Sena has been accused by its now-former ally BJP of abandoning Hindutva, after the former broke its ties with the saffron party after last year’s Maharashtra Assembly Election and joined hands with the ideologically opposite Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress combine to form the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in the state.