Will remove ‘CM’s mask’, speak on opposition ploy one day: Uddhav

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MUMBAI: In a warning directed at the opposition, but without naming the BJP, Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said one day he would remove the ‘mask’ he wears as chief minister and speak on the politics being played and the conspiracy hatched to defame Maharashtra.
Thackeray was addressing the public in the backdrop of political allegations by the BJP over the demolition of the alleged illegal portions of actor Kangana Ranaut’s Bandra bungalow and the handling of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case by the Mumbai police.
“If I have not been speaking on the issue, that does not mean that I don’t have answers. But being the CM, I have to respect the chair,” Thackeray said.
‘Plot to destroy Thackeray, Pawar brands’
Thackeray assured that he would fight on both fronts—Covid-19 pandemic and political crisis. A day after Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed the 10-lakh mark, Thackeray said his government has done effective work to tackle the pandemic. “A few people might have thought that the Covid-19 pandemic is over and now they can continue politics. They might have started it again; it is not an issue. But as of now, I do not want to speak about politics.”
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP and executive editor of the party mouthpiece Saamna said it was ‘unfortunate’ that the BJP was backing Ranaut, who has compared Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and dubbed the BMC ‘Babar’.
Raut, in his weekly column Rokthok, said that efforts are being made to limit the importance of Mumbai. He alleged that by supporting Ranaut and through its stand in the Rajput case, the BJP wants to win the Bihar assembly polls with the upper caste Rajput and Kshatriya votes. “While doing this, it doesn’t matter if Maharashtra is insulted. Not one Maharashtra (BJP) leader was sad over the manner in which the state has been humiliated,” Raut said, and appealed to Marathi manoos to unite and back Thackeray in this difficult time.
Calling ‘Thackeray’ and ‘Pawar’ the brands of Maharashtra’s self-esteem, Raut said: “There is a conspiracy to destroy these brands and take control of Mumbai. MNS chief Raj Thackeray is also a component of the same brand and he may also get affected in future. Though there may be differences with the Shiv Sena, the ‘Thackeray’ brand should have a strong presence in Mumbai and the day it collapses, Mumbai will start to collapse.”

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