Uddhav said that the foundation of Shiv Sena is deep and strong and no one can lay claim to the party. There is a political tussle between Thackeray and the Shinde camp over the leadership of Shiv Sena. The Shinde faction has also claimed the Shiv Sena’s election symbol – bow and arrow – and the matter is pending before the Election Commission.
During the program, Uddhav Thackeray said, “The seeds of Shiv Sena were sown through ‘Marmik’ as the cartoon published in it gave voice to restless minds 62 years ago. One can imagine what would have happened to Marathis in Maharashtra and Hindus in India if there was no Shiv Sena. ‘Marmik’ was launched in 1960 by the then political cartoonist Bal Thackeray. It is seen as the launchpad for the Shiv Sena party, which came into existence in 1966.
Attacking BJP President JP Nadda, Uddhav Thackeray said, ‘India is celebrating 75 years of independence, but looking at the current situation, one wonders whether we are going back to the days of slavery?’ Thackeray termed BJP president JP Nadda’s remarks on regional parties as a serious threat to democracy.
Nadda had recently said that in the times to come, only a party run by ideology like BJP will survive, while parties ruled by other families will perish. “The existence of Shiv Sena will never end,” Thackeray said. He alleged that the Center was planning to reduce recruitment in the armed forces. Referring to the Agneepath scheme, Uddhav Thackeray said, “You have money to topple the state governments, but not to recruit in the armed forces.”
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