Pune: Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray blasted the State government for taking a decision to distribute copies of Bhagavad Gita to college students. He said such initiatives are being taken to divert attention of the common man from other burning issues in the education sector.
Thackeray was in the city on Saturday to take a review of eight Lok Sabha constituencies in Western Maharashtra. After Shiv Sena declared to go solo in forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly election, Thackeray visited the city for the first time.
He said, “The State government is distributing Bhagavad Gita to divert citizens’ attention from the ongoing chaos in the education sector.” He also suggested that the government should declare university results on time and fulfill promises made during the run up to the 2014 general election.
Taking a dig at State government’s latest initiative, he made an oblique comment and said, “I want to see Bhagavad Gita, but I don’t know if it is available in Sanskrit or Gujarati language.”
He further added, “There are many problems in the field of education like paper leaks and universities not declaring results on time. Considering all these issues, it seems, the government just wants to divert attention.”
Thackeray added that he was also searching for ‘Jio University’.
He further said, “BJP made tall election promises but did not specify if they will fulfill them till 2019 or 2050. They gave promise to build Ram Temple, abolition of Article 370 of the Indian constitution (which guarantees autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir) and Uniform Civil Code. What happened to those promises? When are they going to fulfill them?” he demanded.
He asked that if government decides about of demonetisation within a few minutes, why can’t they announce their decision regarding Ram Temple? Thackeray added that the government is busy with propaganda that they would start work for Ram Temple.
He declared, “Public supports those who fulfill promises made to them. We are selfish. We are not fighting for public welfare. Corporations lost revenue due to introduction of General Service Tax (GST). We took firm stand against it. Hence, revenue of 27 municipal bodies remains intact.”
“Nanar and Samruddhi projects are different. There will be huge damage due to Nanar refinery in Konkan region. We are against this project,” he said.
‘Responsibility of State and BMC’
Due to heavy rain, there are lot of potholes in Mumbai and people are losing their lives as a result of road accidents. Repairing potholes is the responsibility of state as well as Mumbai civic body, he said.