Slamming the former Congress president Rahul Gandhi for leaving the party ahead of the assembly polls, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, in an event, while addressing the Sena workers, said that the 'Senapati' of the grand old party is gone. He slammed the party for questioning each and every step taken by the Central government, from the abrogation of Article 370 to the hanging of people who commit treason.
The Sena chief said: "What would have happened if we did not have an alliance with BJP? In whose control, would the country have gone? The abrogation of Article 370 is a proud moment, a happy moment. It was in our manifesto that we will abrogate Article 370 and accordingly. But when Congress was asked, they said: 'Whatever happens we will not abrogate Article 370. The person who commits treason, we will hang them. This is our promise. But Congress said that they will remove that provision entirely. Now, do you want the country in these hands? Now you see, their leader has gone to Bangkok, which means their 'senapati' is gone. Now the pawns have been kept here. They're marching on wooden horses."
Adding to the turmoil in the Grand Old Party, former party president Rahul Gandhi, on Saturday, has left for Bangkok, according to sources. Sources report that the Gandhi scion has boarded an 8:25 PM flight from Delhi to Bangkok. The reason for Rahul Gandhi's Bangkok trip is unknown, as of now. This move by the Wayanad MP comes in the wake of the Congress is split into two camps - Sonia Gandhi's supporters and Rahul Gandhi's supporters ahead of the Maharashtra and Haryana state Assembly polls.
Assembly polls in the state of Maharashtra are scheduled on October 21 and the results of the polls will be announced on October 24. While the BJP and the Shiv Sena are contesting the elections together with the former on 150 seats and the latter on 124 seats. The NCP and the Congress are also contesting in an alliance with equal seat-sharing deal between the parties. While the NCP-Congress duo faced massive Lok Sabha poll debacle, internal tussle in the BJP-Sena alliance has been reported. With such a political situation in the state, the upcoming assembly election will be a test for both the alliance.