I am not saying we will never unite with BJP again: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Mumba/ New Delhi: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, on Sunday, said that there is a possibility that the BJP and Shiv Sena may come together in the future. In an interview to Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray — “I am not saying we will never unite with them (BJP) again.”

“If they had fulfilled their promise and not lied to me, I would have never become the CM. I didn’t ask for anything more than what was decided,” Thackeray said, adding that he was ‘sandwiched’ between PM Narendra Modi and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, both of whom referred to him as their younger brother.

Earlier, the Shiv Sena hit out at the Budget 2020 by BJP govt via Saamana calling it ‘a mere play of words’. “That has been the condition of the Modi government. Only false promises and wrong picture presented by the FM Nirmala Sitharaman in her record-breaking speech which had 18,926 words. There is no Artha. his Artha Mantri and the economy is in the worst shape,” the Saamana editorial said.

Refuting the charges that the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra is ‘unethical’, Thackeray said that the BJP should not teach ‘ethics’ to the Shiv Sena. Slamming the party he broke ties with to form a government in Maharashtra, Thackeray said, “Fadnavis broke other parties and got their leaders with him. Why didn’t merge with the entire party only? These leaders have a different ideology?”

On ideological difference with the parties he has formed an alliance with, Thackeray said — people speak about ideology differences between three parties. At the Centre also there are such differences in ideology. Nitish Kumar thinks differently from the BJP but they are together. Chandrababu Naidu was with them. Mamata Banerjee was also at a point of time was part of alliances. Do their ideologies match? What happened in Kashmir? They held discussions with separatists.”