Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena Leader Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday the BJP was behaving “like a rejected lover throwing acid on Maharashtra”, and called for a debate on Center-State relations .
He said the threat to Hindutva came from “neo-Hindus” who “used Hindutva to come to power but are now adopting the policy of division to rule over the British”.
Thackeray was speaking at the party’s annual rally in Dussehra.
“What are the rights of the Center and of the States? At the time of drafting the Constitution, questions were raised about the powers of the Center and the states, asking whether states should bow to the Center. Babasaheb Ambedkar had firmly affirmed that like the Center, States also have sovereign rights and will not have to bow to the Center. In three scenarios such as emergency, foreign affairs and invasion by foreign powers, the Center has the power to interfere in the affairs of state, ”Thackeray said.
“If the Center interferes in the functioning of the state, it will be unconstitutional. Let there be an open discussion on the federal structure of the country. I want the opinions of intellectuals and constitutional experts on this issue… But if the Constitution has given us sovereign rights as a Center, then the daily interference of the Center should not occur and cannot be tolerated. Now is the time for all states in the country to decide on this, ”added the head of Shiv Sena.
Thackeray added that Hindutva is threatened by “neo-Hindus”. “The threat to the Hindutva does not come from others but from ‘neo-Hindus’ … Those who have used the Hindutva ladder to gain power. They are now adopting the British divide and rule strategy to retain power and enjoy the fruits of power, ”he added.
He denounced the BJP, alleging that they defamed Maharashtra by showing that the drugs are only captured in Maharashtra. “A picture is painted that the drug trade is booming only in Maharashtra. This is not how drugs are captured only in Maharashtra. The court ordered the authorities to probe the port of Mundra where drugs worth millions of rupees were found. You just find a pinch of ganja while my police break drugs worth Rs 150 crore… You grab a celebrity and beat drums on it, click pictures, ”the CM said.
“As companies leave China, Maharashtra is trying to attract them and move the state forward. They (BJP) are trying to vilify Maharashtra by trafficking drugs and catching celebrities just because we told them no. They throw acid at us like abandoned lovers. What will you get by defaming Maharashtra? Thackeray asked.
Searching the BJP on recent statements by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh about Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the Sena chief said the BJP failed to understand Savarkar and Gandhi both. “We are celebrating independence Amrut Mahotsav, but these people were not part of the independence movement. They have to tell us what they have done for the country. It is time to reflect on what we have lost and gained over these years, ”he added.
Referring to the statement by RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat that there is no dependence on power wherever Sangh refers to Hindu Rashtra, Thackeray said: Power. Who is going to fix this? Our government will end two years next month. Despite multiple efforts, they (BJP) failed to overthrow our government. Thus, they are now resorting to raids to repair our rulers. It cannot go on forever.
He called on the BJP not to hide behind central investigative agencies to target the opposition. “If you want to challenge us, do so if you have the courage and the courage. Don’t challenge us through ED, CBI, and income tax. To challenge us and then hide behind the police is a sign of helplessness, ”Thackeray said. “Power addiction is the worst where drug addicts destroy the lives and homes of the adversary. This dependence must be eradicated from the country.
Congratulating the people of West Bengal for defeating the BJP, Thackeray said: “You (Bengal) have the spirit not to bow and we will have to keep the same spirit.”
Stating that Maharashtra is viewed from a different perspective, Thackeray said, “They say democracy is strangled in Maharashtra, but does democracy flourish in UP? They call the same police that fought terrorists on 11/26 as the Mafia. What about the UP police?
Taking a look at former CM Devendra Fadnavis’ remark that he still feels like CM, Thackeray said,
“I should never feel like a CM. Not just me, but all the people of the state shouldn’t feel like I’m the CM. People should feel that I am a member of their family.
“If the BJP had honored the promise that was made to us and made Shiv Sainik a CM, perhaps I could have withdrawn from politics,” he added.
Chief Sena urged the Sainiks to regroup under the name of Marathi Manoos. “Not only Marathi Manoos, but we must also bring non-Marathis with us.”
Prior to Thackeray’s speech, a 13-minute presentation was broadcast highlighting various development work undertaken by the government during the pandemic and infrastructure development work undertaken and completed over the past five years.