Mumbai: Amid rumours of a growing rift within the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena minister Aaditya Thackeray criticised the opposition for indulging in “rumour mongering” amid an ongoing pandemic. Calling it inhuman, he also said the opposition needed to get its priorities straight.
The MVA government comprises the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress.
Aaditya, son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, was in conversation with the News 18. The interview was telecast Wednesday.
“Everything is normal, everything is fine. We are working on Covid response. We are all working towards fulfilling the dreams of people in Maharashtra. The people who are asking this question (about the government’s stability), we are asking you, do you have any humanity left in you because you are trying to indulge in rumour-mongering, trying to destabilise a strong government in times of a pandemic,” Aaditya told News18.
“This is when I say that the opposition really has to think deeply about what it wants to do — serve people or serve themselves by trying to get to the government. The insecurity, jealousy, or the desperation that they have needs to be channelised towards helping people right now,” he added.
‘MVA government will last full term’
Thirty-year-old Aaditya, who handles the tourism and environment portfolios in the MVA administration, said the Maharashtra government will last its full term.
“This government will last its full five years and we will help and serve the people much more with our partners,” he said.
On the political turmoil in Rajasthan, where former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot is leading a revolt against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Thackeray said, “I am talking of any operation that indulges in destabilising a government. It is absolutely not human to do so.
“That is the perspective, and it is a common perspective that people hold because finally a government that is elected is there to serve people. You cannot just do this,” he added.