Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray on Friday attributed the party's poor show in assembly polls in Maharashtra to the young generation's ignorance about the "travails" it went through for the state.
"The young generation is stranger to the history of Maharashtra and the Sena's fight for Marathi cause. They have ruined Marathi unity in just a day," Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana' today.
"The 105 martyrs of Samyukta Maharashtra movement would feel the grief of Sena's defeat because they know what hardship Sena has gone through for Marathi people. Youths are not aware of it," Thackeray said.
Blaming the youth for voting out Sena, Thackeray said "they do not know the power of saffron flag and history has repeated as Marathas lost the Battle of Panipat due to traitors," he said.
Claiming that the Sena gave 'pride' to Marathi people, Thackeray said the party is following Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji's legacy and will not give up easily.