Uddhav Thackeray hails AAP win, targets Modi

Uddhav Thackeray, the Sena chief, could not hide his glee over the humiliating defeat suffered by big brother BJP in the Delhi elections.



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Nithin Belle

Published: Wed 11 Feb 2015, 9:30 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:43 PM

Mumbai:  The phenomenal victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi state assembly elections has brought joy to the Shiv Sena, a junior ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Uddhav Thackeray, the Sena chief, could not hide his glee over the humiliating defeat suffered by big brother BJP in the Delhi elections. “The people of Delhi have shown the might of a tsunami against a wave,” Thackeray commented sarcastically, on Tuesday as news of the AAP victory poured in.

BJP supporters in Maharashtra have been boasting of the ‘Modi wave’ over the past few months, to describe the party’s victory in general elections last May and Maharashtra state assembly elections a few months later. Thackeray also blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the BJP’s dismal performance in the national capital. Modi had addressed several rallies in Delhi, but failed to make a dent, with AAP making a sweep over the capital.

The Shiv Sena, which has always been the senior partner in the Hindutva alliance with the BJP in Maharashtra, was humbled in state elections, when the BJP emerged as the single-largest party. The BJP also snubbed the Sena, when the Nationalist Congress Party offered unconditional support, frustrating the Sena’s plans to deprive the BJP of the victory.

Thackeray said he would attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new government in Delhi if Arvind Kejriwal sent him an invitation.

nithin@khaleejtimes.com


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