Don't teach us patriotism, Uddhav Thackeray tells BJP at annual Dussehra rally
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray launched a scathing attack on the BJP on Saturday, asking its ally to refrain from 'teaching us patriotism'
Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray launched a scathing attack on the BJP on Saturday, asking its ally to refrain from "teaching us patriotism".
"Don't teach us patriotism. The day when we need to be taught patriotism hasn't come yet," Thackeray said, addressing the annual Dussehra rally of his party at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai tonight.
"An atmosphere was created that those who favour demonetisation are patriots and those who oppose it are traitors," he said, referring to the central government's decision to withdraw high-value currency notes from circulation last year.
Thackeray appealed to Shiv Sena workers to refrain from launching personal attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as was seen during a recent Sena protest against inflation.
The Sena leader also pointed to the incongruity of the BJP sharing power with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.
"In Kashmir, what ideological bond do you (BJP) share with the PDP? Why hasn't special status to Jammu and Kashmir been revoked?" he asked.
"We allied with the BJP for Hindutva when the word 'Hindutva' was a taboo. If they (BJP leaders) think we are of no use to them, we'll see," Thackeray said.
"Let us know what is your definition of Hindutva," he asked.
Expressing staunch opposition to Modi's pet project, Uddhav said, "Who wants the bullet train? Improve rail infrastructure first."
"This government says GST brings uniform taxation. Where is the uniformity? Even Pakistan has cheaper petrol than us," Thackeray said on high petrol and diesel prices.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
The CM made the remarks during Narendra Modi's video conference with chief ministers of the eight states with the highest number of COVID-19 cases
Mehbooba Mufti claims to be put under house arrest after J&K authorities disallow presser; police denies charge
Mufti had announced that she will hold a press conference after claiming she was not allowed to visit the Pulwama residence of PDP leader Waheed Parra who was arrested by the NIA earlier this week
Matondkar had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Mumbai North constituency as a Congress candidate. However, she had later quit the party over the functioning of its Mumbai unit