NEW DELHI: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday launched a scathing attack against those “questioning” his Hindutva credentials, saying that people who are attacking him now were hiding with tail between their legs when the Babri Masjid was being brought down.
“We are being asked about Hindutva, that why are we not reopening temples in the state. They say my Hindutva is different from that of Balasaheb Thackeray. Your Hindutva is about clanging bells and utensils, our Hindutva is not like that,” Thackeray said during his Dusshera speech in Mumbai.
Thackeray said that when Babri masjid was brought down, those “questioning our Hindutva” were hiding with tail between their legs.
Thackeray was recently involved in a heated war of words with state governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari after the latter questioned his decision to delay the reopening of religious places in the state and asked whether the Shiv Sena supremo has turned “secular”. The chief minister had hit back at the governor, saying that he does not need a certificate of Hindutva from him.
The Shiv Sena chief has also been targeted by several BJP leaders, who have been questioning his “ideology” ever since his party left the NDA to form a government with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra.
In an all-out attack on the BJP today, Thackeray dared the saffron party to topple his 11-month-old government in the state.
“From the day I became the CM, it was being said that the state government will be toppled. I challenge and say that if you have the courage, do it and show,” he said.
The chief minister also targeted the Narendra Modi government over GST, saying that the Prime Minister must acknowledge the failure of the tax regime.
(With inputs from agencies)