Shiva Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that the underlining mantra for the success of long-standing alliance between his party and BJP is “We will not betray you, you shouldn’t betray us,”
Strongly supporting his party’s critical comments on BJP and its governance from time to time, though his party is part of both state and central BJP governments, he said in an interview that his party’s alliance with the BJP would stay strong if they are honest with each other.
Referring to acrimonious relationship for the last five years, he said that he does not “regret” taking on the BJP, while being in power with the national party.
According to Thackeray, the decision to ally with the BJP once again was on the basis of Hindutva and done after the national party fulfilled the conditions the Sena had taken up “for the people”.
“All the issues the Shiv Sena took up were for the people. They were acknowledged, accepted, and they are being acted upon and rectified. So why should we be in a conflict?” he asked.
When asked if the problems of the country would be solved if it becomes free of Congress-rule, Thackeray said, “I never said anything about Congress-mukt country. I never said that finish the Congress because the opposition should remain… Finish off or Congress-mukt, I do not have such petty imagination. That said, the condition of the Congress today is bad, it does not have tall leaders it earlier had like [PV] Narasimha Rao.”