“Shiv Sena will do everything according to its own schedule,” said Thackeray late on Thursday evening, in reaction to the rift between BJP and its NDA ally TDP.
NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said here that while the entire political class praised the interview, Uddhav Thackeray did not do so, which shows he was nowhere close to his "large-hearted" father late Bal Thackeray.
Thackeray said there was an atmosphere of suspicion towards banks in the country today
"The decision of those judges should be lauded. There is a high possibility that there will be an inquiry called against them now. However, this inquiry should be unbiased," Thackeray told reporters here.
Speaking at a function in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, the Sena chief said that some "invisible hands" had a role in playing caste politics in the state.
Uddhav Thackeray took charge as the party president on January 23, 2013, after the death of his father Bal Thackeray (86) in November 2012.
The Sena chief, accompanied by son Aaditya Thackeray, paid a visit to Banerjee in the afternoon at a south Mumbai hotel where she is staying.
"...they (the Sena) oppose all our decisions. They can give their suggestions, but cannot simultaneously play the roles of a ruling party and an opposition at the same time. People are watching everything and will not approve of this dual stand," Fadnavis said.
The state's ruling partners are also part of the NDA at the Centre, but relations between them are strained for quite some time.
"Even if Pawar doesn't offer support to the BJP government, we need only 15 legislators (for proving majority in the Assembly). No legislator wants fresh polls just in three years, so many of them will help us directly or indirectly," he said.
The Sena, in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', sought to know if the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed train project really fits into the needs of the country.
Day after the much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle inducted several new faces from the BJP, the Sena made its displeasure clear in this article. It said that none of the ministers have been able to achieve anything stellar so far for people to expect much from them.
" I have neither received any communication from anybody nor are we hungry for power," Thackeray told reporters
Thackeray, whose party is a constituent of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and in Maharashtra, said reforms are a must, "but one should pause" to review their impact.
Thackeray, whose party is also a part of the ruling coalition in the state, claimed his outfit was the first to demand debt waiver and rued that Maharashtra continues to top in farmer suicides
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced his backing at a press conference, saying Kovind is a nice personality and has done a lot of good work.
"Amit Shah called up Uddhavji after the NDA's presidential candidate was decided in the BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting. Shah sought the Sena's support for Ram Nath Kovind," Raut told reporters here.
According to a source in the Shiv Sena, Shah told Thackeray that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would decide the NDA's candidate for the highest constitutional post.
The BJP chief's upcoming meeting with Thackeray assumes significance as Shiv Sena has threatened to take an "independent stand" in the presidential election and also in wake of the ongoing war of words between allies over issues like farm loan waiver and the possibility of snap polls in Maharashtra.
Terming the announcement of a complete loan waiver as a victory of farmers' unity, he said, "Our demand is very clear. We want their loans to be written off completely," he said.
Earlier, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, who attended the meeting at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi's diplomatic enclave said, "The NDA leaders decided to work together to succeed in 2019 Lok Sabha elections under Modi's leadership."
Leaders of 31 BJP allies, including the new friends it has won over in Goa and north-east states, will attend the meeting after its president Amit Shah reached out to them.
The meeting, which lasted for 10 minutes at Shiv Sena's central office at Dadar here, came after Air India, and other airlines, lifted the flying ban on Gaikwad after he expressed regret for assaulting an AI employee on March 23.
The Shiv Sena on Saturday announced its candidates for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, where the elections resulted in a hung house.
With elections to BMC throwing up a fractured verdict, thinking is strong in Maharashtra Congress that it should consider the option of enabling the Shiv Sena to foist its candidate as mayor of the civic body.