Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray took a jibe at the Eknath Shinde faction on Sunday, saying the MLAs who support him cannot look them in the eye.
Thackeray’s comments came after the BJP won the election of the Maharashtra assembly chairman.
“The MLAs (from the Eknath Shinde faction), who came today, can they look us in the eye? How long are you going to move from one hotel to another? These MLAs will one day have to go to their constituency. How will they then face the people?” he said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
The former Maharashtra minister had said in an exclusive interview with DailyExpertNews that his father Uddhav Thackeray had been “betrayed by their own people”.
“It’s impossible to imagine that some people could do this to their own party and their own family…to someone who has worked so well and treated you like family. How can they go against the family, that’s the party itself ,” Mr Thackeray had told DailyExpertNews.
Earlier on Sunday, Mr Thackeray had targeted the Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government over the strict security arrangements for rebel Shiv Sena MLAs as they entered Vidhan Bhavan’s premises from a nearby luxury hotel for the election of the Assembly Speaker.
“We have never seen such security in Mumbai. Why are you afraid? Is someone going to run away? Why so much fear,” he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Rahul Narwekar won the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker election today after receiving 164 votes, nearly 50 votes more than Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena candidate Rajan Salvi.