Mumbai, Apr 1 UNI | 4 months ago

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today said that his party will do everything to keep the Congress and NCP combine out of power in Maharashtra and in the other parts of the country.

'My focus is just to defeat the Congress-NCP combine, nothing else. We will do everything to keep them out of power,' he said, while speaking to a private TV news channel,

The Shiv Sena chief also expressed displeasure over former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari's recent meeting with his estranged cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, which triggered speculation of a secret deal between the two parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

'Yes, I am upset with Nitin ji but there's no enmity,' Uddhav stated but refused to comment on his meeting with Raj.'

He clarified his 'vyapaari' remark against Mr Gadkari in party mouthpiece 'Saamna', he said Mr Gadkari himself says he's a businessman so there is nothing wrong in saying so.

On his cousin Raj, Uddhav said, 'When he (Raj) quit the Sena, he blamed me. So would he have returned with just a phone call from my side?'

Uddhav also categorically stated that his joining hands with MNS has nothing to do with this election, in an apparent reference to latter's claim that MNS was close to sealing a deal with the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

'Whether we will come together or not has nothing to do with this election,' he added.

(Posted on 01-04-2014)