Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday dared the former allies BJP and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to hold simultaneous BMC and Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections in a month, unfazed by the division within the party caused by Eknath Shinde and 39 other party members' uprising.
After the uprising and the overthrow of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Uddhav urged the well-attended booth coordinators to get ready for the upcoming BMC elections and stop the BJP
from dividing the city's Marathi-speaking and non-Marathi-speaking populations as well as its Hindu and Muslim populations. "Everyone should approach the next BMC elections as the first election and strive diligently for the party's success," he said. "Devendra Fadnavis has vowed that it is the last election for the BJP."
Uddhav, who was joined on the dais by his son Aaditya and other seasoned party leaders, launched a stinging tirade against the BJP, claiming that it was making every attempt to seize control of Mumbai, the nation's financial and commercial centre. "Take this seriously. Amit Shah previously visited and announced the BJP's strategy, and now I hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be in the area." As a result, I need your commitment to put in a lot of effort, maintain the shakhas, and broaden voter outreach before the elections," he stated.
Uddhav referred to the BJP as Kamlabai (a reference to its electoral symbol, a lotus flower), and he questioned how it was related to Mumbai. BJP keeps Mumbai in mind as elections are approaching. Mumbaikars have faith in the Shiv Sena because it is a symbol of faith and support. Every issue in the city has been led by Shiv Sainiks," he claimed.
According to Uddhav, the BJP aims to transfer all projects to Gujarat. The "international finance centre" was supposed to be built in Mumbai, but Gujarat was chosen instead. After Dharavi is developed, Shiv Sena
wants the IFC to be built there," he said. In reference to Gujarat winning the Vedanta Foxconn project, Uddhav claimed that the Shinde-Fadnavis team was playing the victim card.
"It is quite odd that the Center has declared a series of concessions for the development of the environment for the semiconductors industry after the project moved out of Maharashtra. I'm willing to work with other members of the state government to bring the project back to Maharashtra, he said.