BJP-Shiv Sena alliance to provide much better administration: Thackeray

BJP-Shiv Sena alliance to provide much better administration: Thackeray

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Mumbai, Oct 8 : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday affirmed that the BJP-Sena alliance will provide much better administration and governance, if it wins again in coming state assembly polls.

In the second part of his interview to Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', Mr Thackeray said his party forged an alliance with the BJP in the interest of Maharashtra. "I have compromised for the sake of the state. I am confident we can provide good administration and governance in next five years based on the previous experience," he asserted and said in an alliance, both parties need to exercise caution and if the speed is accelerated unnecessarily, it could lead to an "accident".

Mr Thackeray said that for the alliance to stay intact, both the BJP and Shiv Sena need to exercise caution. "We need to control our mind. If you accelerate speed unnecessarily, we can meet with an accident. This has happened earlier," he said, in an apparent reference to the breaking of the Sena-BJP alliance ahead of the 2014 state polls.

"What was Devendra Fadnavis' experience when he first became the chief minister? Some of the Shiv Sena ministers were in that position earlier," he noted and pointed that despite his party being in the state government for last five years without much power, he never betrayed or conspired to pull it down.

"Did I betray the government or conspire to pull it down...No. We were in government without any power for last five years. There were differences, and we raised our voice wherever we felt things were wrong," he said. Asked about the Sena's protest over crop insurance, the Sena chief said he takes a stand on issues concerning people.

"When the government publicises its achievements, the work done is seen on the ground. I will continue to highlight people's issues before the government," he said.

On the raging issue of tree felling in Aarey Colony for the proposed Metro car shed, which is considered as Mumbai's green lung, Mr Thackeray observed that the Sena was not against the Metro car shed, but the place where it is proposed to come up.

Asserting that Mumbai is the only city in the world to have a natural forest cover and wildlife, he said, "It is not my party's personal issue. We need the Metro and development of the city but while doing that, we shouldn't lose something more valuable."

"Development shouldn't happen at the cost of hardships to others. The proposed car shed in Aarey is opposed by Mumbaikars, not Shiv Sena," he added and emphasised that the Sena will continue to raise its voice on issues pertaining to citizens. (UNI)