Addressing the annual Dusshera rally at Shivaji Park after two years, where the Bombay High Court had put curbs on decibel levels, an undeterred Mr Thackeray spoke for nearly 45 minutes.
Referring to Mrs Gandhi, he said that after Mughal and British rule, now the country was headed by an Italian and asked the crowd whose leadership they accepted. Is Rahul Gandhi or Omar Abdullah suited for leadership, he asked.
Mr Thackeray said he was not for dynastic rule and defended the induction of his son Uddhav into the Shiv Sena, emphasising that it was a party decision. “In my party it's Shivshahi," he remarked.
Towards the end of his speech he even criticised Jawaharlal Nehru saying, "he had wrecked the country, giving preference to Muslims and Kashmir is still unrest."