This is the grand Dassera rally held by the Shiv Sena party. While the Shiv Sena party has been holding this rally for many, this year it was the first time that Balasaheb Thackarey handed over the baton of the Sena Chief post to his son Uddhav Thackeray. In his first speech of the Dassera rally, Uddhav Thackeray very well adorned the intensity that his father possesses by saying that Mumbai is my fathers and welcomed all the Shiv Sainiks before beginning his speech. He spoke on the failures of the centre and the state especially with the issue of farmer suicides and communal riots calling them incompetent. He also spoke against those who thought that is a weak leader. Next was Balasaheb Thackarey who although weak physically but a glimpse of him was enough to create fervor amongst the Shiv Sainiks and his speech brought new zeal to the Sainiks. He criticized Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Narayan Rane and Raj Thackarey in his speech and spoke on power crisis and Hindutva. Also the way in which Opposition Leader Ramdas Kadam suggested the name of Uddhav Thackarey for the Chief Minister post indicated that unlike his father Uddhav Thackarey might think of taking over the official seat. And hence the coming elections would be a tough challenge for Uddhav Thackarey. With cameraperson Vikrant Baile, Rajeev Mishra for NMTV News.
February 25, 2016