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All "secular but Hindutva" parties will come together:

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

All "secular but Hindutva" parties will come together to counter the "pseudo- secular" opposition, today said, as he indicated that the BJP and its bickering ally Shiv Sena will fight the 2019 polls together.

"The may be a party led by Uddhav Thackeray, but it is run on the ethos of late Balasaheb Thackeray. Looking at the current situation, I can say that all secular, but parties will come together to counter the pseudo-secular opposition parties," he said.

"This was Balasaheb's thinking as well," said, speaking at the 'Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year 2018' awards here.

and was also present at the event.

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena's member and executive editor of its mouthpiece 'Saamana', interviewed

Raut asked how did he know the Sena's future plans when he can't even predict what was the RSS's next move.

"The is a political party and hence it is easy to predict what will it do in future. The RSS does not have any political compulsions. Their programmes are fixed at times a year in advance and they execute them as per their schedule," said.

When Raut asked why Bal Thackeray's ideology was forgotten by the BJP in 2014 when it snapped the ties with the Sena, blamed the estranged ally for being adamant for just four more seats.

"We had offered you 147 seats, but you were adamant on 151. Had you accepted our offer, the Sena would have got more seats than the BJP (in ensuing Assembly polls), and either Uddhav-ji or you would have become the CM," retorted.

He denied that or BJP chief hold the "remote control" of the government.

"He (Modi) has asked us not to take populist measures. He says don't take populist measures and don't make announcements that cannot be implemented," said

The also appealed to all political parties to introspect whether they were glorifying criminals by inducting them. People, too, should decide if such criminals should be elected, he said.

He denied that he has failed as the state's Home Minister, and said not the crime rate but the conviction rate is important.

"In the last three years, we have taken the rate of conviction to 32 per cent from 8 per cent. That is my achievement.... (late NCP and former home minister) R R Patil had once told me that the CM must keep the home portfolio with himself, because most of the decisions of the Home department are given the final nod by the CM," said.

On a question on former Narayan Rane, said the Sena -- Rane's former party -- should introspect why the BJP had to take him in. "(We joined hands with him) Because you are giving us step-motherly treatment," he quipped.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 10 2018. 22:50 IST
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