I will take revenge on Eknath Shinde for backstabbing me, Uddhav Thackeray warned on Thursday as he told his party workers that they should all work hard and “bring our days back”.
Speaking at a function of Shiv Sena UBT’s labour union, party chief Thackeray said: “I will not say that our days have gone, but they backstabbed us and I will certainly take revenge.”
Thackeray also slammed the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government, terming it insensitive towards issues of labourers. “Ministers who sit in AC cabins don’t understand the life labourers live. When the AC of their cabin malfunctions and a labourer comes to repair it, that’s the only connect they have with them,” he said, adding: “They give respect to industrialists but don’t pay heed to issues of labourers. This shows the government is not for labourers or peasants.”
In his 30-minute speech in Mumbai, Thackeray also spoke about the allegations levelled against him by current Industries Minister Uday Samant that he had opposed major projects in the state.
“In my two-and-a-half-year stint, we brought investments worth approximately Rs 2.5 lakh crore in the state. With our industrial policy, we brought 25 big industries in the state. But this government with a poor industrial policy allowed industries to go to other states. This government had boasted about an international shoe-making company coming to Maharashtra but now I have learnt that the same company has gone to Tamil Nadu.”
He added: “They destabilised my government because I took a stand against projects which were not in favour of people of Maharashtra. Local people were opposing projects like bullet train, Aaray car shed, Nanar refinery etc. Then how can we just force these projects on them?”
Thackeray said if he had been in power, he would have taken the consent of locals before going ahead with projects. “This government accuses me that I only wrote letters and suggested new land parcel for the refinery project. But let me tell you if we would have been in power, we would have taken consent from locals before going ahead with projects.
With inputs from News18