Mumbai,25 July: The president of Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray on Monday admitted to a virtual breakdown in communication with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national leadership.
Thackeray on Monday in an interview In the in the party mouthpieces Saamana (Marathi) and Dopahar ka Saamana (Hindi) ahead of his 56th birthday spoke a length with MP Sanjay Raut.
Pointing on a “generational shift” in the BJP with which the Sena is allied both in the central and Maharashtra governments,he said that Seasoned BJP leaders have been replaced by a younger lot.
He recall and says that the olden BJP leaders during former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to call give a call to discuss the issue with the late Shiv Sena President Bal Thackeray. However he added that BJP – comprising people like Vajpayee, Advani and others were out of politics.Then,” there were Pramod Mahajan and Gopinath Munde who continued to connect with the Sena and BJP at the centre. Such great individuals are no more” he added.
The almost three decades long ties between the BJP and Sena broke down on the eve of the 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections.
He warned and said that congress should not be considered lightly reffering to the recent outcome of local body elections in Gujarat.He referred to 1980 when the voters threw out the Janata Party government and brought back Indira Gandhi to power.
Thackeray referred to the economic situation and said though Prime Minister Narendra Modi “appears to be doing a lot”, the changes the people expected in two years have yet to materialise.
The Sena chief also said he enjoyed a rapport with Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis.