Shiv Sena Chief Uddav Thackeray termed the PM Modi government’s proposal to repeal Article 370 as the real ‘Independence’ ahead of Independence Day. He stated that his father and party founder, late Bal Thackeray would’ve been very happy, while conveying his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. Thackeray also gave a fitting response to USA President Donald Trump, asserting that no country should poke their noses in matters of India, with reference to the Kashmir issue.
As a celebratory atmosphere spread across India with Home Minister Shah proposing the revocation of Article 370, that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status, in the Parliament on Monday, Uddhav Thackeray exulted at a press conference in Mumbai. He stated a big dream of Shiv Sena and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been fulfilled today. He also said that his father would’ve delighted had he been alive.
Thackeray stated that August 15 is celebrated as Independence Day, but it was only today that we actually became free as all the shackles have been broken. Thackeray also urged all dissenting parties to keep their political ideology aside and think of it as a massive development for national integration.
He also exulted that a promise Shiv Sena-BJP made in their manifesto has been honoured. Thackeray stated that no will dare to attack us as we showed the power of our unity to the world with this move. He shared the move will benefit the people of Kashmir since the region has never been separate and will always belong to India.
When asked about USA President Donald Trump amid the recent row over the Kashmir ‘mediation’ during his recent meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Iman Khan, Uddhav Thackeray quipped, “Wait, I’ll call Trump.”
He then added, “This is a question of our country. Be it America or any county, no one should poke their nose in this.”
The Shiv Sena also lauded the Modi-Shah partnership for showing the intent that, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Deputy PM, had showed.
When asked about the controversial incident involving the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, Uddhav Thackeray said only Balasaheb had supported them then. He termed it as ‘strange’ that our own citizens were roaming about in their own country then, and that Thackeray Sr had expressed solidarity with them so that they get their rightful homes.
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