The two politician cousins, Uddhav Thackeray & Raj Thackeray, of Maharashtra were seen, after a long time, making remark on each other of lately. On Saturday, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray made a scathing attack on the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena ruling government for contemplating to keep the date of assembly election in the state intact even after the state being in utmost tragedy of flood. “”भाजप सरकारला सत्तेचा माज आला आहे. चार दिवसांनी सरकारला जाग आली आहे. यात्रा आणि पक्षप्रवेशामधून त्यांना वेळ नाही. भाजपला जनतेशी काही देणं घेणं नाही. भाजप काय, शिवसेना काय, दोन्ही पक्ष राजकारण करत आहेत. त्यामुळे अशा परिस्थितीत विधानसभा निवडणूक न घेता ती पुढे ढकला आणि कोल्हापूर, सांगलीतील परिस्थितीवर लक्ष केंद्रीत करा,” said Raj Thackeray to ABP Majha on Saturday.
— MNS Adhikrut (@mnsadhikrut) August 10, 2019
Raj Thackeray, who is known for his controversial speech against north Indians, this time, was seen making direct attack against his own cousin brother’s supported party, BJP. When asked to his cousin and Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray, he refused to make any counter statement on Raj Thackeray. “I don’t understand how can one think of elections in such a critical situation.” reacted Uddhav Thackeray to reporters who asked for a counter comment on his cousin’s comment on his backed Maharashtra government.
Uddhav Thackeray made it clear that his and his party’s complete focus is on providing relief materials to the flood affected areas in Maharashtra. The Thackeray scion had come to flag-off the mobilization of relief materials towards Sangli, Kolhapur and other flood affected parts of the state. “I am not going into whatever has happened so far; I am focusing on arranging aid for the flood victims,” concluded Uddhav Thackeray, son of Maharashtra origin “National Hindu Leader” Balasaheb Thackeray.
A section of media spoke to chief minister of Maharashtra to take his reaction to Raj’s demands of postponement of assembly election of 2019. The chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, told reporters that the election in the state is not decided by the state government, rather by the Election Commission of India. He said that ECI will take the final decision based on their findings and analysis of the situation in the state.
The state of Maharashtra is scheduled to undergo assembly election in September/October 2019. As a major part of Maharashtra is affected by flood, there are speculations if the election will be postponed. The Raj Thackeray led MNS could secure only a single seat in 2014 state assembly election out of the total of 288. The party had opted out from contesting the 2019 concluded Lok Sabha election, to support those against Narendra Modi led BJP government. The words of postponement of assembly election at the time when a major part of Maharashtra is hit by flood, from Raj Thackeray may have embarrassed him by Uddhav’s reply.