His silence since the Shiv Sena’s poll debacle has raised many queries. So, when Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray stepped up to address a media conference, the curiosity was evident. The Shiv Sainiks were no less curious than the media to hear Uddhav Thackeray speak. In fact, the 100 odd sainiks gathered at the Sena Bhavan had their own set of questions. But as theirs was not to question why, they requested reporters to pose the questions on their behalf to Thackeray. The questions that rankled the sainiks were about infighting in the Sena ranks, wrong choice of candidates, and possible changes within the organisation. Thackeray said that there was no infighting; and there was nothing wrong about the choice of candidates. He denied that he was lacking in political charisma. According to him, the poll outcome was disappointing, but it was not “abject loss”. The results are unexpected not only for us, but also for the Congress-NCP. Uddhav Thackeray said that they worked for the people without keeping the polls in mind. They wanted to rid the state of from farmers’ suicides and load-shedding. They had an opportunity, but they missed it. Uddhav Thackeray took the moral responsibility for the debacle. He said that as the executive chief, he takes the moral responsibility. Uddhav Thackeray backed his father, Bal Thackeray, who said after the results that Maharashtrians in Mumbai had stabbed the Sena in the back. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Dhiraj Mishra for NMTV News.
June 14, 2006