At the Shiv Sena's annual Dussehra rally, party chief Uddhav Thackeray launched a no holds bar attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While Thackeray did not make any announcement of splitting from the BJP in Maharashtra, he did not forget to repeat the threat.
"We won't need a muhurat (auspicious time) to walk out of the government," he said as party workers broke into an applause.
As expected, the Shiv Sena launched an all-out attack against the BJP- its coalition partner in the state and the party that leads the National Democratic Front in which Shiv Sena is an ally. Demonetisation, fuel prices, inflation, bullet train, all issues found mention in Thackeray's speech. While attacking the BJP, he did not forget to highlight the proximity brewing between the BJP and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
"We support the BJP openly and not from behind the curtains. We allied with the BJP to consolidate Hindu votes but if they believe that we are of no use to them, then we will see how to deal with it. We are in the government because people elected us, not because of you(BJP)" Uddhav Thackeray said.
The Shiv Sena chief slammed Narendra Modi government over fuel prices and demonetisation.
"If there is one nation, one tax, then there should be one price too. Who asked for Bullet Trains? Improve rail infrastructure first. You give free electricity connection but make vegetables costly, how is that useful? Terror attacks have increased even after surgical strike and demonetisation. Only poor people died after demonetisation and not the rich. Those who spoke against it were branded anti-national," Thackeray added.
He, however, did not forget to ask his party workers to refrain from 'disrespecting the Prime Minister' during protests.