Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday accused the BJP of trying to finish off his party and dared the saffron party to hold mid-term Assembly elections in Maharashtra.
While addressing a gathering at Shiv Sena Bhawan in the city, he said it was an insult of the Constitution to run the Legislative Assembly in an arbitrary manner.
“This is BJP’s ploy to end the Shiv Sena, I dare them to hold mid-term polls in the state. Instead of playing all these games, we will go to the court of people. If we are wrong, people of the state will send us home and if you (BJP and Shinde group) are wrong, people will send you home,” said Thackeray.
The former Maharashtra CM also urged party’s district presidents to stay together if they want to put up a fight against the BJP.
He also asked experts to express their views on whether political developments in the state were in accordance with the Constitution or whether constitutional norms were violated.
Last month, Eknath Shinde launched a rebellion against the Sena. A majority of MLAs sided with him, which led to the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray.
Shinde was sworn in as the chief minister on June 30, a day after Thackeray quit the post. BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the deputy CM.