Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday launched a multiple attack on the opposition BJP in the state assembly, which met for two days in a special session. Shiv Sena’s leader, who has touched on several sensitive issues including the Maratha quota issue, filled his speech with sharp attacks – the sharpest being his response to the BJP’s recent jargon that he – a right-wing leader – has become secular. The congressman NCP ally, announcing a fund for the preservation of ancient temples, said: “This will make you (opposition) understand that we have not given up on Hindutva”.
Mr Thackeray said the state government will resume restoration and preservation of ancient temples with the aim of “promoting ancient culture and traditions”. He said the project will be phased and sought the cooperation of the opposition to identify temples for conservation.
A bitter exchange erupted in October between Mr Thackeray and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari over the reopening of places of worship closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. After the governor, in a sarcastic letter, questioned whether he had “become secular”, Uddhav Thackeray rebuffed that he did not need a Hindu certificate from anyone.
Mr Thackeray today also responded to the accusation by Opposition Leader Devendra Fadnavis of an “undeclared Crisis” made due to the police action to prevent Maratha quota activists from entering Mumbai. He alluded to the Enforcement Directorate’s recent action against Shiv Sena, MLA Pratap Sarnaik, and said, “Asking the ED to go after those who bring privileges against your favorite people is political perversion”.
Mr Sarnaik sent the breach of privileges on TV journalist Arnab Goswami and actress Kangana Ranaut to the meeting office in September.
“Pratap (Sarnaik) was called by the ED. His children were called by the ED. His grandson was not yet born or they would also be called by the ED. They may have said as soon as the big child. Is born bring the child before us,” said Mr. Thackeray.
Mr Thackeray also dug up Mr Fadnavis and other state BJP leaders, saying they must be in Delhi to deal with the peasants ’protests.
On the BJP’s attacks due to his government’s clandestine response, Thackeray said, “The WHO, Washington Post praised the work of the Maharashtra government on the content of the pandemic in Dharavi. can see this. “
Mr Thackeray assured the assembly that the existing OBC quota will remain intact and attempts to create a social division spreading rumors about the inclusion of marathons in the reserve category will not be tolerated.
“The court battle to (restore) the Maratha fee is in the final stage. We have neither changed the legal team nor our position on Maratha fee. We will win the court battle,” he said.