Uddhav hints patch up with cousin Raj ahead of 2014 polls

By: admin
Updated: 30 Jan 2013 12:46 AM

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday hinted that he is open
to the possibility of his party joining hands with cousin Raj Thackeray's
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

The clear hint came in an interview to the party mouthpiece Saamna,
Thackeray's first since his father Bal Thackeray's death on November 17
last year and after he took over the reins of the party on January 17. Watch:
hints of a patch up with Raj Thackeray

Responding to a question on whether the cousins could come together,
Thackeray said: "You cannot clap with one hand. Tell me, can you?"

Pushing further, Saamna's executive editor and party MP Sanjay Raut asked
whether this implied the two parties could join hands?

"Why do you ask this question only to me? I am ready to reply. But for
that you have to make us sit together, next to each other. Then you can
ask the question to both of us. It depends on both sides," Thackeray said,
hinting at the possibility of burying the hatchet with Raj.

"More important than coming together, we have to first analyse why we
drifted away... If we reunite, then for what purpose? Who is your main
political opponent? Who do you want to destroy politically? And what
direction should be taken for achieving this?" Thackeray told Raut.

When asked to clarify his views, Thackeray said the late Bal Thackeray had
founded the Shiv Sena over four decades ago to fight for the rights of the
Marathis and ensure justice for the sons of the soil.

"Subsequently, when he realised that Islamic groups were posing a threat
to the country in the form of a green demon, he said that only the
Marathis would not be able to tackle the challenge. So he adopted the
policy that in Maharashtra he would fight for Marathis. For the entire
country he would be a Hindu," Thackeray said.

He lamented that Marathis were divided on the basis of religion and caste
and Bal Thackeray united them under a saffron Hindu banner. But during
elections the situation was back to square one.

Thackeray emphasised that the Shiv Sena "was the party of the Marathis"
and pointed out that his father had stepped forward to forge an alliance
with the Bharatiya Janata Party over two decades ago to ensure that the
Hindu vote did not split.

Watch: Uddhav
hints of a patch up with Raj Thackeray