Raising questions on Thackeray’s decision to join hands with NCP CongressShinde also said that he knew what happened to late Shiv Sena leader Anand Dighe.
Shinde, referring to a fiery Shiv Sena leader and his mentor Dighe, who was killed in a road accident in 2002, said, “I was a witness to what happened to ‘Dharamveer’.”
Thackeray, who resigned as chief minister in June after Shinde along with most of the Shiv Sena MLAs rebelled against him, has often termed the rebels as “traitors”.
Addressing a rally in Malegaon, Shinde said he rebelled because he “wanted to protect the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray”. “If I start giving interviews, there will be an earthquake…Unlike some people, I never travel abroad for holidays every year. I only had Shiv Sena and its development in my mind,” he said.
Shinde said the late Shiv Sena founder’s daughter-in-law Smita Thackeray and her eldest grandson Nihar Thackeray have supported him. Without naming Uddhav, he said that the rebel MLAs are being called anti-nationals.
What do you tell those who have compromised with Balasaheb’s ideology just to become the Chief Minister? He asked. Shinde further asked, “You contest elections in alliance with BJP and then form government with Congress and NCP to become chief minister. Isn’t this a betrayal.”
He claimed that the Shiv Sena faction led by him and the BJP would win 200 seats out of 288 in the next assembly elections.