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Uddhav Thackeray's Scattering Attack On BJP, Says Don't Teach Us Patriotism

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| October 1 , 2017 , 10:40 IST

Bustling into offensive, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray lashed out at ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) warning the central leadership to refrain from teaching them patriotism.

Addressing the annual Dussehra Rally of Shiv Sena in Central Mumbai on Saturday, the leader said, "Don't teach us patriotism. The day when we need to be taught patriotism hasn't come yet."

Highlighting that they allied with the BJP at an inconvenient time, Thackeray said, "We allied with the BJP for Hindutva at the time when the word 'Hindutva' was itself a taboo. If they (BJP leaders) think we are of no use to them, we'll see."

The Shiv Sena leader also questioned the BJP, "Let us know what is your definition of Hindutva."

Going back to the Prime Minister's November 8 demonetisation announcement, the Shiv Sena leader accused the BJP of creating an environment that those who supported the decision were tagged patriots and traitors, who oppose it.

Making his first comment on the recent Mumbai Stampede, the leader questioned the BJP's pet project saying, "Who wants the bullet train? Improve rail infrastructure first."

"This government says GST brings uniform taxation. Where is the uniformity? Even Pakistan has cheaper petrol than us," Thackeray said launching an attack on another one of party's decisions.

Supporting RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat's Saturday speech, Shiv Sena president marked that the Rohingya Muslims pouring into India should not get asylum in the country.

Citing that Bangladesh was initially taking in the Muslim immigrants who are desperately trying to flee Myanmar given the military's crusade against them, Thackeray said "I appeal to the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh to please take away the lakhs of illegal Bangladeshis living in India, for our safety and security... we even don't need them."

He said, "Modi has shown only dreams of 'achhe din' so far, has done nothing for anybody except harass all the people in the country by his policies."

Assessing that everyone was speaking against the BJP, Shiv Sena president advised the party to mend its ways. "Your leaders like Yeshwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha, even your MPs, and the social media on the strength of which you came to power," he highlighted in lights of the upcoming 2019 general elections.