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Uddhav Thackeray reacts to PM Modi's 'fake Shiv Sena' remark, says 'My party not like your degree'

The reaction comes after Prime Minister Modi called the party 'fake Shiv Sena' at a rally in Maharashtra's Chandrapur on Monday (April 8). In 2022, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, along with other MLAs, revolted against the party's leadership and jumped ship to the BJP.

Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika Mumbai Updated on: April 13, 2024 10:20 IST
Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray
Image Source : PTI Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray reacted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'fake Shiv Sena' jab stating that his party was not like 'your degree'. He said that said his party was founded by Bal Thackeray to fight for the rights of the people. 

"The Shiv Sena, which was founded by Bal Thackeray to fight for the rights of sons of soil, is being called fake. They say that this is a fake Shiv Sena. It is not your degree to call it fake. Is this your degree which you are calling fake? After him (PM Modi), his other party member Amit Shah came and he also called it fake," Uddhav Thackeray said at a campaign rally on Friday.

PM Modi on Monday while addressing a public rally in Maharashtra's Chandrapur said, "INDIA alliance partner DMK is talking about finishing Sanatan and linking Sanatana Dharma to malaria and dengue. And the Congress and the fake Shiv Sena are calling the same people for rallies in Maharashtra." 

Meanwhile, Amit Shah on Thursday said, "Three parties have united in Maharashtra under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. One fake Shiv Sena, one fake NCP, half Congress. We have a phrase in Gujarat, 'Teen Tighda Kaam Bigada'. Uddhav Ji's Shiv Sena is left half, Sharad Ji's NCP is left half and both of them reduced Congress to half."

Speaking at a campaign rally at Boisar near Mumbai on Friday, Uddhav Thackeray said the INDIA bloc will win over 300 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. "I am saying this with pride and confidence, that the INDIA alliance will form the government and will win more than 300 seats," he said.

In June 2022, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, along with 40 other MLAs, revolted against the party's leadership and jumped ship to the BJP, leading to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government. In 2023, the NCP also suffered a split when prominent leaders like Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal joined hands with the ruling BJP in the state.

The Shiv Sena (UBT) is now a part of the newly established INDIA bloc, formed to take on the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second-largest after Uttar Pradesh. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 23 out of 25 seats it contested in alliance with the undivided Shiv Sena. Elections to the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra will be held in five phases on April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, and May 20. the counting of votes will be done on June 4.

(With inputs from ANI)

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