Mumbai, Feb 11: In a sharp reaction to Prime Minister rendra Modi’s warning to Congressmen that he had prepared dossiers on them, Shiv Se President Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday warned that even he had the “horoscopes” of both Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. Interacting with a select group of senior media persons at his residence ‘Matoshri’ here, Thackeray spoke on a wide range of issues, including relations with the Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP), its ally in both Maharashtra and the Centre, though he unilaterally spped ties on January 26.
Criticising Modi, Thackeray said that “never before has any Indian Prime Minster stooped to such levels” in politics. “All he does is mock and ridicule leaders of other parties but now people are tired of this. During the 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections, he addressed 27 rallies in this state. So I demanded he should come here even for the BMC elections,” he said.
He recalled how, with the blessings of people like his late father Bal Thackeray and late BJP leaders Pramod Mahajan and Gopith Munde, the alliance between the two parties was filized and it grew from strength to strength.
Looking back at the past few years, it would have been much better if the Shiv Se had gone alone, as it would have emerged into a major tiol political force in the past 25 years, he said.
“When everything was done so transparently, with the media witness to the decisions, how can the BJP accuse Shiv Se of corruption or malpractice?” he asked. Asked whether the war with BJP has entered a new dimension with his party praising the Congress, Thackeray said the good work they did cannot be ignored. Indira Gandhi had the guts to break Pakistan, for instance… What has the BJP done, except the ‘surgical strike’ on the borders,” he said. Asked to list the achievements of the Modi government in the past 33 months, Thackeray smiled smugly: “They have survived for so long on lies… That’s an achievement ! And they will continue doing so for the remaining 27 months.” (IANS)