Uddhav Thackeray warns over BJP leader’s remark over Shiv Sena Bhavan

The statement arrives in the wake of BJP legislator Prasad Lad's comments that if necessary, the Shiv Sena Bhavan would be brought down.

In a jibe towards the BJP, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray today said the language of intimidation will not be tolerated and an appropriate reply will be given to those speaking it.

The statement arrives in the wake of BJP legislator Prasad Lad’s alleged comments that if necessary, the Shiv Sena Bhavan, headquarters of the party in central Mumbai, would be brought down. However, he then withdrew the remarks and displayed regret saying they were taken out of context by the media.

Speaking at the inauguration of the BDD Chawls redevelopment project here, Mr Thackeray referred to his three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) dispensation as a “triple seat” government (with NCP and Congress being the other constituents).

Quoting dialogue from Hindi blockbuster “Dabangg” – “Thappad se dar nahi lagta (not scared of being slapped)” — the Chief Minister said, “Nobody should speak the language of slapping us as we will give back such a tight slap that the other person will not be able to get back on his feet.”

Asking the recipients of the chawls redevelopment project not to fall prey for the bait once the project is completed, he said, “Marathi culture must be protected in the redeveloped constructions at any cost as the chawls had a historic legacy, where revolutionaries had laid down their lives and also were witness to the Samyukta Maharashtra movement.”

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who was also present at the event, said the legacy of BDD Chawls should be protected and the Marathi-speaking people must stay back in the redeveloped houses, which would be given as part of the project being run by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

He also appreciated Mr Thackeray for the well-planned management of the COVID-19 situation and the recent heavy floods in several parts of the state due to heavy rains. State Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said that despite natural calamities, the MVA government had made sure the development work was not affected or hindered.

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