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Was never politically inclined, came into politics to help my father, says Uddhav Thackeray, takes a dig at BJP

In a veiled attack on his former ally, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday that acting with “lust for power” during the coronavirus pandemic will result in “anarchy.”

He stated that saving lives was the most important thing right now.

During an online discussion, Thackeray stated that people would not forgive him if he did not explain why he desired power.

“What is the use of power if the people who voted for me do not survive the COVID-19 pandemic?” he asked.

“Acting with power lust in the midst of COVID-19 will lead to anarchy,” he warned, without naming the opposition party.

It was never his intention to become chief minister, and his promise to his father, Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray, to make a Sena worker chief minister “is yet to be fulfilled,” Thackeray said.

“I was never interested in politics. I entered politics to assist my father. During my tenure as CM, a pandemic occurs after 100 years. I’ve never shied away from taking on responsibility. I’m doing everything I can to the best of my ability “He stated.

When asked if the Sena’s alliance with the BJP, which ended on a sour note following the 2019 Assembly elections, could be revived, Thackeray said there was a trust deficit in the relations following the deaths of BJP leaders Pramod Mahajan and Gopinath Munde.

“The BJP is now centred in Delhi. In an alliance, there must be an openness to discuss and resolve disagreements. My new allies (the NCP and Congress) respect me. We had disagreements with the MVA, so we are more open now “He stated.

Thackeray added that the alliance with the BJP had a “golden period” when the two parties were in opposition, with the saffron ideology holding them together and mutual trust and respect.

In response to another question, he stated that Congress President Sonia Gandhi calls him frequently.

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