Two days after the BJP dumped the Shiv Sena, its 25-year-old saffron partner, the latter’s chief Uddhav Thackeray at an election rally in Mumbai on Saturday taunted the BJP, saying “we will show them what a wave means.”
His statement was a clear reference to constant derision from the BJP that the Sena had performed well in Lok Sabha elections only by riding the ‘Modi wave.’
“They broke an alliance of Hindutva. No one will forgive them,” Mr. Thackeray added as the crowds cheered.
The BJP had broken its partnership with the Sena after weeks of intense bickering between the two parties over seat-sharing for next month’s Assembly Elections in Maharashtra.
Throughout his speech, Mr. Thackeray targeted his former ally holding it responsible for the collapse of the alliance. He called the break-up unfortunate but also an opportunity.
“I did not break the alliance. I tried till the last moment. But it was not possible to give them 30 more seats. For every demand we agreed to, they came up with a new one,” he said.
Mr. Thackeray’s speech clearly reflected his ambition with reference to the forthcoming assembly elections.
“I have nothing against Narendra Modi. But I want to say – you rule in Delhi and we will take care of Maharashtra,” he said.