Mumbai: Shiv Sena said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should cooperate with Uddhav Thackeray as his “younger brother from Maharashtra”.
The party said in its Marathi mouthpiece, Saamana: “Delhi should respect the decision people of Maharashtra have taken and take care the stability of the state government is not bedeviled”.
Sena’s statement has come less than 24 hours after newly-appointed Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took oath in a grand event on Thursday.
PM Modi had congratulated the Shiv Sena chief and his former ally after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra along with six ministers.
Responding to the Prime Minister’s wishes, the Sena’s mouthpiece ”Saamana” wrote in its editorial: “The BJP-Shiv Sena are sharing strained relations in Maharashtra politics, but (Narendra) Modi and (Uddhav) Thackeray share brotherly ties… Hence, it is the responsibility of Shri Modi to cooperate with the younger brother from Maharashtra as the prime minister.”
The Shiv Sena maintained the Prime Minister does not belong to any single party, but the entire nation.