“Anek Sena aalya aani gelya. Pan nusti rahlich nahi, tar vadat geli ti Shiv Sena. (Several Senas have come and gone, but the one that not only remained but even grew is Shiv Sena),” said party chief Uddhav Thackeray while addressing the audience at the Sena’s 47th foundation day at Shanmukhananda Hall yesterday.
The event, as reported earlier, lacked the usual band-baja festivities and exchange of bouquets. Even the traditional skit was missing. Clearing his party’s stance over cancelling the racecourse lease and building an international-level garden on the plot, Thackeray said, “I don’t want a playground for my son (Aaditya), he’s grown up now. Instead, I am asking for it for the kids of Mumbaikars. Unlike Pawar I am not planning to construct a city, but a garden.”
Taking a dig at Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for his comment that urinating in the dams would fill them, Thackeray said they would not allow him to enter the garden. “We will harvest rainwater to take care of the garden’s water needs.”
Lambasting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for ending JD-U’s 17-year-old alliance with the NDA, Thackeray said, “What secularism is Nitish talking about? Where was he when Kashmiri Pandits were driven out of Kashmir? We are and will always remain with Hindutva. It shall remain my party’s priority. Balasaheb had said Hindutva is the party’s ideology and it shall remain so. If needed, we will show these pseudo-secularists what it is. We will always be with Hindus,” he said.
Shifting his focus from politics to society, Thackeray asked his Sainiks to take care of perverts who rape, molest or abuse women. “Every village in the state should have a board of Shiv Sena and must be visible, so that the perverts and rapists know that we are there and won’t let these culprits go free. There have been 1,700 rapes in the state, which is a shameful act,” he said. He also asked them to go start work at grass roots and said he plans to visit all the Loksabha constituencies in the state in the next two months. “Vacation period is over. Get back to work, I am going to revisit all the shakhas in Mumbai,” Thackeray said.