Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday apologised to his party workers for giving away seats in the alliance.
In the party’s annual gathering at Shivaji park, Uddhav Thackeray focused on why he chose an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and agreed to play second fiddle to the party.
Uddhav Thackeray also reiterated his party’s stand of bringing in law for building Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The Shiv Sena, which has always been the big brother in the alliance of 25 years, is contesting on 124 seats in the forthcoming assembly polls, while the BJP and other allies will be contesting on the remaining seats out of the 288 seats.
“People said that Shiv Sena was forced to bow down. Shiv Sena never bows down before anyone…Compromise is a part of the alliance. I personally apologise to Shiv Sena workers at places that didn’t come to our share. But, we compromised for Maharashtra,” Uddhav told party workers.
Uddhav Thackeray asked Shiv Sena workers whether they agree with his decision (of contesting on lesser seats), to which the crowd replied positively.
Uddhav Thackeray also appealed to the party workers to work for the alliance.
He, however, refrained from making any statements on an equal share of power in alliance or the chief minister’s post.
However, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut yet again crooned the Shiv Sena-CM raga on his speech in the rally. “Next Dussera rally, you will see a Shiv Sena CM sitting next to Uddhav Thackeray,” he said in his speech slogering ‘Ab ki baat sau paar’.