Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray keeps cards close to chest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2018 10:46:15

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Sena yet to decide on supporting BJP candidate for Bhandara-Gondia seat, he added

“Shiv Sena is in no hurry to open its cards on alliance with BJP,” said Uddhav Thackeray while addressing party leaders from across Vidarbha, at Ravi Bhawan on Friday. “There are no comments on part of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and no official communication to us so far about alliance. As per the resolution adopted at national executive committee meet, Shiv Sena will chalk out its own future strategy,” added Thackeray.

Thackeray was talking to party leaders from across Vidarbha during discussion at Ravi Bhawan on Friday. During the discussion, the Sena chief sought feedback about ground situation and discussed general issues dominating the political scene in State. Interacting, thereafter, with mediapersons, Thackeray said, the party is in winning position in Palghar bye-election wherein it has nominated Shrinivas Wanga, son of deceased Member of Parliament (MP) Chintaman Wanga. On Bhandara-Gondia seat, Sena is yet to decide on support to BJP candidate, he added. He denied that Sena is awaiting support from BJP for its Palghar nominee so that it can support latter’s candidate from Bhandara-Gondia seat.

When asked about the party’s plan as it is holding talks with key party office-bearers, Thackeray said, he had already toured Marathwada and North Maharashtra. The core constituencies of party in Konkan and Western Maharashtra will be covered in the next leg. On the issue of bifurcation of Maharashtra, Thackeray said, Shiv Sena is not against development of Vidarbha. Vidarbha can develop by remaining within Maharashtra. He pointed out several development initiatives taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who hails from the region.

Revealing the party’s stance on proposed Nanar refinery project, Sena chief said, the project approval is now taken back but people of Konkan are opposed to it. Thackeray suggested that the refinery be sifted to Vidarbha if it is beneficial. He was skeptical of claims that the project would generate one lakh jobs.

As to EVM controversy, Thackeray said, the party favours ballot paper as in democracy the voter must know the vote is cast as per his choice. With use of EVMs, the citizens do not know whom the vote has gone as the technology does not have provision to display it.  Thackeray clarified the party’s stance on criticising the Government though Sena is part of it saying that they are in power to work for welfare of people. Due to our pressure State Government was finally forced to grant loan waiver to farmers, he said.

Sena leaders including Members of Parliament (MP) including Bhavna Gawali, Arvind Sawant, Anandrao Adsul, Prataprao Jadhav and Krupal Tumane, State Ministers Diwakar Raote and Sanjay Rathod and Milind Narvekar also were present during the media interaction.