Asking Shiv Sainiks to be prepared for all possibilities, Uddhav said, “Leave the decision on the alliance to me.”
Uddhav was speaking to Sena supporters, who had gathered for the party’s annual rally at Shivaji Park here on Dussehra.“Shiv Sena and Mumbai are synonymous with one another. It is a relation of blood, and cannot be severed. If you (BJP) wish to come together, you are welcome. But we will not come begging before you,” he said.
Uddhav’s challenge to the BJP comes days after BJP’s Mumbai MP, Kirit Somaiya, said his party would go solo and topple the Sena in Mumbai. The Mumbai civic polls are due in 2017.
The Sena chief said his party backed the Maratha community, which is demanding changes to the Atrocities Act. “The CM himself said that the Atrocities Act has been misused in certain cases. If there is such misuse, then necessary changes must be introduced to the Act after consulting everyone,” he said.
Uddhav also hit out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s “khoon ki dalali” remark.