“We are being asked about Hindutva, that why are we not reopening temples in the state. They say my Hindutva is different from that of Balasaheb Thackeray. Your Hindutva is about clanging bells and utensils, our Hindutva is not like that,” Thackeray said at the Shiv Sena’s annual Dusshera rally in Mumbai.
Thackeray said that when Babri masjid was brought down, those “questioning our Hindutva” were hiding with tail between their legs.
Thackeray was recently involved in a heated war of words with state governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari after the latter questioned his decision to delay the reopening of religious places in the state and asked whether the Shiv Sena supremo has turned “secular”. The chief minister had hit back at the governor, saying that he does not need a certificate of Hindutva from him.
The Shiv Sena chief has also been targeted by several BJP leaders, who have been questioning his “ideology” ever since his party left the NDA to form a government with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra.
In an all-out attack on the BJP today, Thackeray dared the saffron party to topple his 11-month-old government in the state.
“From the day I became the CM, it was being said that the state government will be toppled. I challenge and say that if you have the courage, do it and show,” he said.
Thackeray also slammed the BJP over its poll promise of free Covid-19 vaccine in Bihar and wondered whether the saffron party thinks that those from other states hail from Bangladesh or Kazakhstan.
“You promise free Covid-19 vaccine in Bihar, then are people of other states from Bangladesh or Kazakhstan,” Thackeray said. “Those speaking like that should be ashamed of themselves. You are at the Centre,” he added.
In a veiled attack on actor Kangana Ranaut, Thackeray said some people come to Mumbai for bread and butter and abuse the city by calling it Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
“Those crying for justice for Bihar’s son are indulging in character assassination of Maharashtra’s son,” Thackeray said, breaking his silence on allegations against his son Aaditya Thackeray in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
Thackeray said the time has come to reconsider the present GST system and if necessary, to modify it as states are not benefiting from this system. “We (Maharashtra) are yet to get our Rs 38,000 crore as GST refund,” he said.
Thackeray also warned the BJP not to divide people over caste, creed and religion.
(With inputs from agencies)