Uddhav Thackeray attacks BJP government in Dussehra speech
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday, declared a series of attacks on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Maharashtra Governor during his first Dussehra address as the Chief Minister.
He said that Maharashtra has not been refunded its Goods & Service Tax (GST) dues of Rs 38,000 crore which has created huge financial crises for the state in the Corona pandemic times.
Referring to similar problems faced by other states, Thackeray said the country is not of one party and urged Chief Ministers of states to join together, meet the PM to discuss and sort out the issues.
At the same time, he lashed out at the BJP for promising to distribute free Corona vaccines to the people of Bihar if its alliance is voted back to power in its poll manifesto.
"On one hand you don't give us our legitimate GST dues and on the other, you promise free vaccines to people Bihar. Where will the money come from? So what about other people of India Why this blatant discrimination? Is the rest of the country a Pakistan," Thackeray questioned.
The CM expressed concern over the "strange goings-on" in the country which is in the grip of the COVID pandemic, the economic crises and other serious issues, saying, "but the BJP is only interested in playing temple politics in lockdown and busy felling state governments during the pandemic".
"Don't destabilise the non-BJP governments. If these things continue, it will lead to an anarchic situation in the country," Thackeray warned.
Without naming actress Kangana Ranaut, the CM said, "Those who don't even proper food in their state come here, make money and then become 'namak-haram' (traitors) by comparing Mumbai with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and defaming the state, its leaders and the police department."
THACKERAY SLAMS MAHA GOVERNOR
CM Thackeray called Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari someone who wears a 'kali topi' (black hat). The chief minister further asked the Governor to listen to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's annual Vijayadashmi speech where he said that 'Hindutva' does not mean performing pujas at temples.
Taking a swipe at the state Opposition BJP leaders and those wearing 'black caps', Thackeray advised them to listen carefully to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat's Dassehra Rally speech.
"Our 'Hindutva' is not limited to deities, temples or pujas or ringing bells or banging thaalis. Our 'Hindutva' itself is our Nationalism. You enacted a cow protection law in Maharashtra, why not in Goa," he asked.
"Shiv Sena had demanded to make Mohan Bhagwat the President, but they have joined hands with Nitish Kumar's party in Bihar which wanted no truck with anybody connected with RSS. Don't play political games of 'iski topi, uske sar' in the name of 'Hindutva'," Thackeray said.
WHEN TEMPLES WILL BE REOPENED
"Temples will be opened at the right time. I also have full faith in the Mumbai Police, they are among the best in the world. Anybody attempting to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra would be reduced to dust. Had you (BJP) had spared so much time for the people of the country as you do for your party activities, it would be better for all," Thackeray declared.
(With inputs from IANS)