Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday launched a veiled attack on the BJP, saying threatening language will not be tolerated and a befitting reply will be given to those who speak it. He made this statement in the wake of alleged remarks by BJP MLA Prasad Lad in which Lad had said that the Shiv Sena Bhavan, the headquarters of the Thackeray-led party in central Mumbai, would be demolished if necessary. However, he later withdrew the comment and expressed regret that the media had presented his point out of context.
Addressing the inaugural event of the BDD Chawl redevelopment project, Thackeray described his three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government as a “triple seat” government. Apart from Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress are included in the government.
Recalling a dialogue from the Hindi film “Dabangg” that “Thappad se dar nahi lagta(we are not scared of being slapped)” the Chief Minister said, “No one should speak the language of slapping us because we will slap so hard that the other person can not stand on his feet.”
He asked the beneficiaries of the Chawl Redevelopment Project not to fall into greed after the completion of the project. “Marathi culture must be preserved at any cost in the redevelopment constructions as the Chawls have a historical legacy, where revolutionaries have given their lives and they are also a witness to the Samyukta Maharashtra movement,” Thackeray said.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who was present at the event, said the legacy of BDD chawl should be protected and Marathi speaking people should stay in redeveloped houses.