Mumbai: Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday hit out at the BJP, saying that just as big projects in Maharashtra were shifted to Gujarat ahead of the assembly elections, villages in the state could be merged with Karnataka. where the next elections are to be held. year. He said the shifting of projects from Maharashtra to Gujarat earlier this year played a major role in the landslide victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the neighboring state. Thackeray made the remarks during a press conference held here after a meeting of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leaders. The MVA consists of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress. “Just as projects in Maharashtra were taken to poll-bound Gujarat, similarly villages from Maharashtra can also be given to Karnataka where elections are due,” he said.
Thackeray claimed, “Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s claim on Maharashtra’s territories should be taken seriously. The BJP has a plan to destabilize Maharashtra.” The over six-decade-old border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra has recently taken a new turn after Bommai claimed several villages in Maharashtra. Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Ajit Pawar, State Congress President Nana Patole, who was present at the press conference, said the December 17 ‘morcha’ organized by the MVA in Mumbai would be massive and would highlight the “anti-Maharashtra” stand . BJP’s
The rally by opposition parties targeted the Eknath Shinde-BJP government in the state over a range of issues, including some comments against Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the state losing major projects. “I appeal to all Maharashtra lovers to join the protest, which will start from Jijamata Udyan till Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT),” he said. Thackeray said that when the Chief Minister of Karnataka was claiming the territories of Maharashtra, the Maharashtra government did not react.
Patole and Pawar said the BJP remained silent despite Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari insulting Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and social reformers Mahatma Phule and Savitribai Phule. Patole said, “BJP lost civic elections in Delhi, where it ruled for 15 years, and assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, where it was in government. The party will now have to rely on PM Narendra Modi only for Gujarat.” Pawar said that JP Nadda, who is the president of the “world’s biggest party”, could not save the BJP from defeat in his home state.