Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union home minister Rajnath Singh also wished him on Twitter. The wishes from the BJP leaders came just a day after Thackeray said in party mouthpiece Saamna that the 25 years of alliance with the BJP was a waste of time and even warned he would walk out of the alliance if he felt that the Sena was being taken for granted.
Fadnavis’s piece was published in Saamna. In the piece, Fadnavis praised Thackeray, likening him to an elder brother.
“He is large-hearted as a friend and the friendship we share is a real one. Be it Balasaheb or Uddhav, we have always shared a familial bond.”
Adding on, Fadnavis said, “His biggest quality is his logical thinking. He will never be obstinate about something. If you give him a counter-logic, he has the patience to listen and change his views.” The CM also alluded to the strained ties between the two parties since the 2014 Assembly polls, when the alliance broke off. “The media often paints as if he is opposing the government. We are two different parties and styles of working are different. Hence, there will be differences. If there weren’t any, shouldn’t we merged together?”
Fadnavis added that Thackeray never let these differences becomes personal in nature.
”Warm birthday wishes to the leader of Shiv Sena, Shri Uddhav Thackeray. May he lead a long life filled with great health….” wished PM Modi on Twitter.
Rajnath Singh wrote: “Warm wishes to Shiv Sena leader Shri Uddhav Thackeray on his birthday today. May God bless him with good health and long life.”