Uddhav Thackeray disagrees with Rahul Gandhi's remarks on Savarkar
Mumbai/UNI: Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said he and his party disagree with Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s statement that VD Savarkar signed a mercy letter as he was afraid of the British.
While talking to mediapersons after paying tributes at Balasaheb Thackeray’s memorial at Shivaji Park on the latter’s 10th death anniversary, Sena president made it amply clear that his party has immense respect for VD Savarkar.
At the same time, he added that BJP should not play politics either.
"We don't agree with what Rahul Gandhi has said. We respect Veer Savarkar. But, at the same time, when you are questioning us, the BJP should also have to say why they were in power with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir," said Thackeray.
Thackeray has been targeted by BJP for ditching his father and Shiv Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva legacy by joining hands with the NPC and Congress to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra.
"The PDP would never say 'Bharat mata ki jai'," claimed Thackeray
Thackeray strongly defended alliance with NCP and Congress.
He said, "We have allied with the Congress to maintain the freedom we got from the British."
Thackeray slammed the BJP saying that "Don't confuse people. The freedom fighters and many revolutionaries along with them made sacrifices and got the freedom of the country.
"But that freedom is now under threat. Our country is moving towards slavery.’’ He emphasised the need to come together to preserve the freedom of the country."
"We have great love, loyalty and respect for freedom fighter Savarkar. Freedom hero Savarkar sacrificed for the country and suffered hardships. The same freedom needs to be maintained now," he reiterated.