Sena chief remains non-committal about alliance with BJP in 2019

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday went all out against BJP over the issue of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and even Rafale aircraft deal and said whether there should be alliance with its bigger ally will be decided by people only.

“Yuti karaechi ki naahi, yeh jana tharwel (Only people will decided whether we should continue with our alliance in 2019),” Mr Thackeray said addressing a rally at temple city of Pandharpur in Maharashtra.

Directing his tirade against BJP over Temple issue, he said the Lotus party’s stand is almost similar to that of the Congress.

“Then, what is the use of having you in power,” he said.

“A company which had no experience was given a contract,” he said on Rafale Deal) and maintained why the company was given the benefit, money has not flown adequately on farm insurance.

“Soldiers of our country need a pay hike, which you did not give,” Mr Thackeray said.

Pandharpur is a famous pilgrimage town on the banks of Chandrabhaga River in Solapur district in Maharashtra and attracts devotees for the esteemed Vithoba temple.

Earlier in the day, Sena MP and spokesman Sanjay Raut said the onus is on BJP for the construction of the Ram Temple and maintained Sena did its job when it brought down Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

“We did our part and destroyed the Babri ‘kalank (black spot),” Mr Raut said.

“Action lena padega, Mandir banana padega….. nahi toh ghar baithna padega (You will have to construct the Ram Temple or else you will be forced to stay at home),” Shiv Sena spokesman and MP Sanjay Raut told a private TV channel at Pandharpur.

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