Former chief minister said that his father Bal Thackeray would have never thought that reciting the Hanuman Chalisa would be a crime under his son’s rule.
Mumbai: A day after Uddhav Thackeray’s ‘fake Hindutva’ remark for BJP, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and leader of opposition in the state assembly Devendra Fadnavis said that he would destroy ‘Babri power structure’ in the state. The BJP leader, addressing a rally in Mumbai’ Goregaon on Sunday, categorically asked the Maharashtra CM not to underestimate his political power.
Attacking Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis said that Uddhav ji made fun of my car seva and my role in Babri mosque demolition but the truth is that I was the youngest corporator who took part in Ayodhya movement. At that time my age was just 21.
Referring to the Hanuman Chalisa controversy, former chief minister said that his father Bal Thackeray would have never thought that reciting the Hanuman Chalisa would be a crime under his son’s rule. “Uddhav Thackeray compromised Hindutva ideology to remain power whereas Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray never compromised,” he said, adding that, Sunday’s rally was the ‘Pandavas’ sabha’ while Shiv Sena’s programme on Saturday was the ‘Kauravas’ sabha’. He said that Bala Sahe was a tiger and today only Narendra Modi is the tiger.
Reacting over Shiv Sena’ allegation that the Centre is trying to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra, Fadnavis said that a false propaganda is being spread to malign the central government and BJP. Mumbai has always been an integral part of Maharashtra and will remain the same in future.
On Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had launched a scathing attack on BJP over killing of Rahul Bhat, a Kashmiri pandit who was gunned down by terrorists on Thursday in Budgam district. Maharashtra CM said that Bhat, a government employee, was killed at Tehsil’s office, now will you (BJP) read Hanuman Chalisa there?
Addressing a gathering in Mumbai, Thackeray had said that BJP is misleading the nation with its ‘fake’ ideology. “BJP is a ‘fake Hindutva’ party. Devendra Fadnavis was talking about Hindutva while the fact is that we have thrown him out from the government. They assume themselves to be protectors of Hindutva but who are the people gathered here?” Thackeray had said.
Notably, the BJP and the MNS have been attacking Shiv Sena over its Hindutva credential and remark of the Maharashtra chief minister is being considered as a counter attack. Both the parties have been alleging that the Shiv Sena has come out from the ideals of late Bal Thackeray.
The Chief Minister had also countered allegations of joining hands with Congress party, which is ideologically opposite. He said that his party went with the Congress openly. “What about your morning swearing in? Yes, we went with NCP. Had they been with you, you would be singing praises,” the CM had said.