‘Gaumutradhari Hindutva’: Uddhav Thackeray slams BJP, promises to reclaim ’lost glory of Maharashtra’

The Shiv Sena (UBT) chief accused the Centre of ‘looting’ Maharashtra and insisted that the INDIA bloc would ensure the ‘lost glory’ of the state was reclaimed after it was voted to power.

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Published4 May 2024, 03:55 PM IST
Sangli: Shivsena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses supporters  during a campaign rally
Sangli: Shivsena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses supporters during a campaign rally (Photo: Uday Deolekar)

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray lashed out at the BJP on Friday for practicing “gaumutradhari” Hindutva. The Shiv Sena (UBT) chief accused the Centre of "looting" Maharashtra and insisted that the INDIA bloc would ensure the ‘lost glory’ of the state was reclaimed after it was voted to power. 

“BJP's Hindutva is gaumutradhari. Our Hindutva is reformist…When the INDIA alliance comes to power, I will ensure the lost glory of Maharashtra is reclaimed,” Thackeray said on Friday.

The remarks came in the wake of a blistering attack from BJP leader Amit Shah during an earlier rally in Ratnagiri. The Home Minister had asked if the chief of the "nakli" Shiv Sena could mention freedom fighter and Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar in his speeches.

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The Maharashtra lawmaker also reiterated his assertions during a later rally in Dharashiv.  The BJP, he warned on Saturday, wanted to change the Constitution — a move that he indicated woulf prompt the “country to rise'”. He also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remark that Pakistan was eager to make Congress leader Rahul Gandhi India's next PM, stating that none of the INDIA bloc leaders had gone and "shared a cake" with Nawaz Sharif. The Sena (UBT) chief was apparently referring to Modi's surprise visit to Pakistan in 2015 for a meeting with his then counterpart Sharif. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published:4 May 2024, 03:55 PM IST
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