Mumbai: Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Monday attacked the Narendra Modi government saying that his party is not interested in alliance with the BJP unless the latter clears its stand on issues like Ram temple, farm loan waiver and crop insurance.
BJP estranged ally, which has already announced to go it alone in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, also asked Nitish Kumar of JD (U) and Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP – the two NDA allies in Bihar – to clear their stand on Hindutva and construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Pandharpur, Thackeray launched a scathing attack on the BJP government at the Centre over the Rafale controversy.
“A company which had no experience was given a contract. Soldiers of our country need a pay hike which you don’t give, but you do scams in purchase of arms and ammunition,” he said.
Speaking on the Ram temple, he said, “It’s been 30 years and still you say that matter is in court. Hindus are innocent but not fools. Let there be a discussion in Parliament on the Ram temple issue, who are in your favour on this issue among NDA will be clear”.
Thackeray also attacked the BJP and the Congress over the recent Assembly poll results which came as a big disappointment for the saffron party which lost its rule in three states while the latter lost to MNF in Mizoram, and the alliance led by it lost to TRS in Telangana.
“Outcome of Mizoram, Telangana polls has given clear message that voters have chosen strong regional outfits over national parties,” he said.
He also said that he will visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. Last month, he had visited Ayodhya to build pressure on the BJP for the early construction of the proposed Ram temple in the run-up to the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, despite being an ally of the BJP in Maharashtra and at the Centre, has been a vocal critic of Modi, the government and the BJP.
Allies since the early 1990s, the BJP and Shiv Sena have been at loggerheads after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when the parties splintered due to disagreements over seat-sharing.
The Sena supported the saffron party in a post-poll alliance then but has now announced to go it alone in the 2019 general elections, despite attempts by the BJP to convince to contest together.