In a veiled assault on former ally BJP, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday mentioned performing with “lust for energy” in the course of the coronavirus pandemic will result in “anarchy”.
Saving lives was crucial factor now, he mentioned.
Taking part in an internet interplay organised by Marathi each day Loksatta, Mr Thackeray mentioned individuals would not forgive him if he did not present readability on why he needed energy.
“If individuals who voted for me don’t survive the COVID-19 pandemic, what’s using energy,” he mentioned.
“Appearing with lust for energy amid COVID-19 will result in anarchy,” he mentioned, with out naming the opposition occasion.
Turning into chief minister was by no means his objective, and his promise to his father, Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray on making a Sena employee chief minister “is but to be fulfilled”, Mr Thackeray mentioned.
“I used to be by no means politically inclined. I got here into politics to assist my father. A pandemic after 100 years occurs throughout my tenure as CM. I’ve by no means shied away from duty. I’m doing what I can to the most effective of my means,” he mentioned.
Queried on whether or not the Sena’s alliance with the BJP, which ended on a bitter notice publish the 2019 Meeting polls, may very well be revived once more, Mr Thackeray mentioned there was a belief deficit within the relations after the demise of BJP leaders Pramod Mahajan and Gopinath Munde.
“The BJP is now Delhi-centric. In an alliance, there needs to be openness to air variations and resolve them. My new allies (NCP and Congress) deal with me with respect. The MVA is an alliance the place we had variations, so we’re extra open now,” he mentioned.
The alliance with the BJP noticed its “golden interval” when the 2 events had been in opposition with the saffron ideology holding them collectively and there was mutual belief and respect, Mr Thackeray added.
To a different query, he mentioned Congress chief Sonia Gandhi does name him typically.