This statement comes at a time when despite sharing power at the Centre and in Maharashtra, the two parties are engaged in war of words and are leveling corruption charges against each other in the run up to the election to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation scheduled to take place in February. While Shiv Sena had alleged the BJP government was worse than the Nizam’s government, BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh asked why Sena's ministers are still party to it. Thackeray launched a scathing attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for burgeoning prices of essential commodities, farmers’ suicides, cross-border attacks from Pakistan and China. He took a swipe at Modi saying that there was a status quo on practically every front despite the Modi's repeated claims that the country was witnessing remarkable change.
He called upon the Centre to take immediate steps to provide relief to the common man if not ache din by curbing prices. He said the Shiv Sena was prepared to help the government tide over the current crisis. Thackeray also cornered the BJP for a lack of progress in fulfilling its commitments on issues such as the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and bringing in a uniform civil code despite having majority in the Lok Sabha.
Thackeray, in response to critics, said his party may be regional but was original. He said his father did not form the Shiv Sena by dividing other parties, and it was set up based on a certain thought. He also accepted his son and party's youth wing chief Aditya Thackeray's suggestion that the Sena practice 100 per cent politics and consolidate its position across the country.
On the party's decision to join the BJP-led government in Maharashtra, Thackeray said it was a conscious decision keeping in mind the larger interest of the state, adding that the party did not even bother about the allocation of departments in the government. Interestingly, Thackeray showered praise on state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and clarified that he never criticised the latter.
He instead, extended the party's support to the chief minister in addressing various issues including drought and price rise.