Stressing that the Shiv Sena was committed to Hindutva, Sena leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he would never strike an alliance with parties such as the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) which “bow their heads down at the tomb of Aurangzeb.”
Thackeray’s comments come a day after the AIMIM said it was willing to join hands with the state’s ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
Thackeray Sunday alsontermed the alliance offer as a “BJP conspiracy.”
“Who has sought an alliance with the AIMIM? This is a game plan and conspiracy of the BJP. The AIMIM and the BJP have a tacit understanding. The BJP has ordered the AIMIM to defame the Shiv Sena, to raise questions on Shiv Sena’s Hindutva. Accordingly, the AIMIM leaders are making the offer of alliance,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told reporters quoting Thackeray.
The chief minister has asked Shiv Sena leaders to “destroy” those who are doubting Hindutva propagated by the party, Raut said.
“The Shiv Sena is a staunch Hindutvavadi organisation. It was and will remain Hindutvavadi. The Shiv Sena’s Hindutva is not adulterated,” CM said.
Attacking the BJP for alleging that the Sena has become pro-Muslims, Thackeray said, “It is not possible for the Shiv Sena to be as shameless as the BJP which forged an alliance with Mehbooba Mufti, who did not want to hang Afzal Guru, for power. I will never let that happen.”
He went on to say: “BJP’s Hindutva is a pretence and people need to see it. We have to see the number of pro-Pakistan things that took place…It was (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee who started the India-Pakistan bus service. Then, we saw (PM Narendra) Modi eating the birthday cake of (the then Pakistani PM) Nawaz Sharif. Also, we have seen who bowed down at Jinnah’s grave. Should we call them the Pakistan Janta Party or Hizbul Janata Party?”
On Saturday, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Imtiaz Jaleel said his party can ally with the MVA to prevent the BJP from coming to power.