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President shouldn’t allow Union Budget till polls get over: Uddhav Thackeray

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Amidst speculation that the BJP and Shiv Sena may fight distinctly for BMC elections, Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said President Pranab Mukherjee should prevent Modi government from presenting Union budget before elections to five states as he flagged off the Sena’s campaign for the Mumbai polls.

Thackeray said he would soon send a delegation of Sena MPs to Mukherjee regarding the same. According to analysts, this is by far Sena’s most strong attack on the BJP in regards to the Mumbai civic polls which are scheduled for next month.

Notably, the Union budget will be presented on February 1. Thus, Sena’s policymakers are concerned that PM Modi may declare perks to encourage voters that may upset Sena’s poll strategies in Mumbai.

While Matoshree has withdrawn all stops to retain country’s richest civic body, Sena has already started putting obstructions in the BJP government’s significant projects for Mumbai including Metro-III and the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train.

Considering party’s unrestrained equations with the BJP and, especially its mounting graph in the first two rounds of electioneering in rural Maharashtra, the civic polls in Thane, Pune, Nashik and numerous local self-governing bodies are essential for the Sena.

Thackeray said his MPs will soon meet the President and urge him to stop the Centre from presenting the budget before polls in the UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa legislative assemblies while addressing a Sena conclave held at a Bandra auditorium.

Earlier in the day, the Election Commission declared poll schedule for all the five states.

Thackeray also sought that PM Modi should not campaign as he belonged to the whole country nation and not just a party. “The PM shouldn’t seek votes for a particular party. After all, he belongs to the entire country,” Thackeray said.

He termed him as Santa Claus who hops around with a parcel of sops without mentioning PM Modi name. “In present times, ‘achche din’ means people are at least keeping their body and soul together,” he added sarcastically.

While talking about poll ties between BJP-Sena, he said the decision will be taken by the party’s grass root units, “But there will be no alliance at the cost of the party’s honor and self-respect,” he cautioned.