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Will never dump Hindutva, says Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Vidhan Bhavan for the Assembly session in Mumbai on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Vidhan Bhavan for the Assembly session in Mumbai on Sunday, December 1, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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“I am still with the ideology of Hindutva which cannot be separated from me,” the Maharashtra Chief Minister tells Assembly.

Notwithstanding the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine mentioning the word “secular” in the preamble of its Common Minimum Programme (CMP), Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on December 1 said he would never abandon the ideology of Hindutva.

Mr. Thackeray, who heads the Sena, told the Legislative Assembly that the ideology of Hindutva cannot be separated from him.

“I am still with the ideology of Hindutva which cannot be separated from me,” he said while addressing the special session.

 

Mr. Thackeray also took a swipe at former Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis. “To keep a promise is also part of my Hindutva. I have been following my Hindutva yesterday, today and will continue to do so in future as well,” Mr. Thackeray said.

The CM’s barb came against the backdrop of Mr. Fadnavis rejecting Mr. Thackeray’s claim after the October 24 poll results that the BJP had promised the Sena a rotational Chief Ministership in new NDA government that was not formed then.

The Sena and the BJP had contested the October 21 elections together, but the saffron allies fell out bitterly over the Sena’s demand for splitting the post of chief minister for equal term with the BJP. The BJP won 105 out of the total 288 seats while the Sena won 56, followed by the NCP (54) and the Congress (44).

After falling out with the BJP and the NDA, the Sena joined hands with the NCP and the Congress to form Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government of which Mr. Thackeray is Chief Minister.

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