A day after Uddhav Thackeray attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that all the promises made by the party were false, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the party will find a way to keep the coalition alive with Shiv Sena.
While speaking at a promotional event of the upcoming movie Thackeray, based on late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, Devendra Fadnavis said that the responsibility of the coalition was on their shoulders. He shared the dais with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and Sena MP Sanjay Raut.
Fadnavis also said that whenever there were issues, Bal Thackeray would resolve them along with Gopinath Munde and Pramod Mahajan and now the responsibility was on their shoulders and they will find a way this time too.
When the Sena-BJP coalition came into existence for the first time, Sanjay Raut said, it was being said that there was remote control (Bal thackeray) controlling the government. Raut then asked Fadnavis what would be his thoughts if the remote control still existed. To which, Fadnavis said that they would have been happier.
Pawar remembered how Thackeray and he had launched a magazine on the suggestion of a common friend but could not go any further. When we decided to send my daughter Supriya to Rajya Sabha, Thackeray called and asked if it was true. “When I asked him about the candidate Sena-BJP was sending, he told me that there would not be any candidate against Supriya and she won unopposed,” Pawar recalled.
The event was held at the YB Chavan auditorium in south Mumbai and other than political leaders, cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar and actor Sanjay Dutt also attended the event and shared their views.
Fadnavis also recalled how once Thackeray complimented him on his public speaking skills. “All of us admired him. We would closely admire his walk, his speeches, there was a completely different aura around him. Generally, people would think they were interviewing him but it was he who was giving them an interview,” Fadnavis said.
“He knew everything. A Samajwadi Party (SP) leader from Pune had passed away. I called him [Thackeray] and asked if an obituary is to be issued in his name. To which he said that fakes don’t deserve obituaries. He was very straight about his opposition and dislikes,” Raut said.