On the eve of his 56th birthday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had warned BJP that his party will walk out of the alliance if it is taken for granted.
Slaying the BJP, he added that 25 years of their alliance was a ”waste of time”. Sena would’ve come to power on its own in the state much earlier, If not for those years.
Thackeray made the remarks in his interview published in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamna’.
The moment I feel we are being taken for granted, I will not remain in the government. I won’t blackmail the government and make it unstable. I’ll speak my mind on what I don’t like, but I’ll never stab them in the back,” he told the paper.
The party chief made it clear the Sena’s aim was coming to power on its own, with or without the BJP. “I’ve taken a vow that I’ll ensure the Sena gets its own chief minister. If this isn’t possible in alliance with the BJP, we will walk out.”