Notwithstanding the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine mentioning the word "secular" in the preamble of its Common Minimum Programme (CMP), Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said he would never abandon the ideology of Hindutva.
Mumbai, Dec 2: Notwithstanding the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine mentioning the word "secular" in the preamble of its Common Minimum Programme (CMP), Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said he would never abandon the ideology of Hindutva.
Uddhav Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena, told the Legislative Assembly that ideology of Hindutva cannot be separated from him.
"I am still with the ideology of Hindutva which cannot be separated from me," he said while addressing the special session.
Uddhav Thackeray also took a swipe at former chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Hindutva.
"To keep a promise is also part of my Hindutva. I have been following my Hindutva yesterday, today and will continue to do so in future as well," Uddhav Thackeray said.
Thackeray's barb came against the backdrop of the then chief minister Fadnavis rejecting Uddhav Thackeray's claim after the October 24 poll results that the BJP had promised the Shiv Sena a rotational chief ministership in new NDA government that was not formed then.
The Shiv Sena and the BJP had contested the October 21 elections together, but the saffron allies fell out bitterly over the Shiv Sena's demand for splitting the post of chief minister for equal term with the BJP.
The BJP won 105 out of the total 288 seats while the Shiv Sena won 56, followed by the NCP (54) and the Congress (44).
After falling out with the BJP and the NDA, the Shiv Sena joined hands with the NCP and the Congress to form Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government of which Thackeray is chief minister.
The MVA government won the floor test on November 30 with the support of 169 MLAs in the 288-member House, four days after the 80-hours-old BJP-Ajit Pawar government collapsed for want of numbers.
Earlier on Sunday, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis' haste to attain power and "childish comments" sank the BJP in Maharashtra and the latter became the opposition leader.
With the coming together of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, what has happened in Maharashtra is acceptable to the country as well, Raut claimed in his column 'Rokhthok' in the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
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