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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray rued his party “wasted” 25 years being in alliance with BJP

Sharpening his attack on the BJP, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday rued his party “wasted” 25 years being in alliance with it while asserting that his outfit will come out of the government the moment it feels being “disregarded.”

The Sena chief, in the third and final part of his interview to the party mouthpiece “Saamana”, however, maintained that he would never blackmail or backstab the ally.

“In last June, we completed 50 years since our advent and half the time, which means 25 years, we were in alliance (with the BJP).

“Twenty five years is a long time and we grew up by holding hands of each other…but the way certain things unfolded, including breaking up of alliance in previous (assembly) elections…now I feel that we wasted all these 25 years being in alliance…and these years got rotten,” Thackeray said.

However, the Sena chief said he was in touch with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and recently they had food together at ‘Matoshree’ – Uddhav’s residence in Bandra.

“In those days, the base of our alliance was Hindutva, but now we need to work out what is the base of this alliance right now. Rest, I am in touch with the Chief minister who is new, but I am closely monitoring his commitment and restless efforts, and I wish him to do well in future,” said Thackeray, who turns 56 tomorrow.

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