We helped them but BJP trying to upstage us in our own house: Uddhav Thackeray
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We helped them but BJP trying to upstage us in our own house: Uddhav Thackeray

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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Worli after a passing a resolution to contest all future polls on its own. (Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today alleged the BJP was trying to “upstage” his party on its home-turf, violating an understanding that underpinned the saffron alliance for over two decades. He reiterated his party will fight all future elections alone.

Addressing a farmers’ rally at Paithan in Aurangabad district of central Maharashtra, Thackeray said, “The understanding in the alliance for the last 25 years was that the BJP will lead the country and we will deal with Maharashtra. Also, we didn’t want a division of Hindu votes. “We always helped them. Now they (the BJP) are trying to upstage us in our own house. What should we do?”

After his announcement last month that the Sena will contest the next Assembly as well as Lok Sabha polls alone, Thackeray said there was a debate now as to who would be the loser from the decision, his party or the BJP. “Election results will show who will win or lose. The Shiv Sena will fight alone and win,” he said. He took a swipe at the NCP too, saying it neglected farmers when it was in power, and now in opposition, it is trying to project itself as the champion of their cause by organising rallies.

The NCP had held a rally in Aurangabad yesterday. It is only the Shiv Sena which has relent...

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