‘Amit Bhai Does What He Says’: Shiv Sena Chief Hails HM Amit Shah For Axing Article 370, Demands Uniform Civil CodeShiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. (Pratham Gokhale/Hindustan Times via GettyImages)  

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday (8 October) lavished praises on Union Minister for Home Affairs and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah for the decision to abrogate the Constitution's Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).

Addressing his customary annual Dussehra Rally, he described Shah as a person who lives up to his words and said the scrapping of Article 370 was a dream of the party's founder, the late Balasaheb Thackeray.

"Amit bhai does what he says. By scrapping Article 370, the dream of Balasaheb Thackeray has been fulfilled. Now we want the Uniform Civil Code," Thackeray said.

Greeting people on the occasion of Dassehra, he said that this day is celebrated for Lord Ram killing the demon king Ravana. "This means Lord Ram existed. So it is our demand that a temple of Lord Ram should come up in his birthplace, Ayodhya. We are not seeking votes in the name of the temple, but because it is the desire of all countrymen and the Hindus," Thackeray said at Shivaji Park.

Dismissing allegations from some quarters that the Sena had "compromised" and "bent" in the seat-sharing with BJP, the Sena chief said that the alliance was for Hindutva, and such adjustments are a part and parcel of any alliance.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber