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Sena goes back 20 years for inspiration

Mumbai, Jan. 23: For “Mission 2014”, best to rewind to Milestone 1995.

Uddhav Thackeray today addressed an election gathering with recordings of father Bal Thackeray’s speeches from a rally before the Shiv Sena-BJP combine won power in Maharashtra in 1994-95 the first time.

Uddhav sought to “swear” the Mumbai crowd to vote the NDA to power in Delhi and later his party in the state.

Saffron wristbands were distributed to Sena workers who repeated Bal Thackeray’s loyalty pledge at the “Shiv Bandhan (Shiv bonds)” rally, held on the founder’s 87th birth anniversary.

Uddhav described Manmohan Singh as the country’s “weakest ever” Prime Minister, appearing to take a leaf out of ally and BJP veteran L.K. Advani’s “weak PM” refrain that had backfired in the 2009 polls.

“I don’t think the country has ever seen such a weak Prime Minister. His address from the Red Fort on January 26 will be his last. An NDA Prime Minister will address the nation next Republic Day,” Uddhav said, stumbling on constitutional facts.

The Prime Minister addresses the nation from the Red Fort on Independence Day, not Republic Day. On January 26, the President presides over the celebrations at Rajpath.

Barbs flew at Rahul Gandhi, too, with Uddhav insinuating that the Congress had saved him from becoming “a sacrificial lamb”.

“Dynastic rule is okay but the Congress could not find a prime ministerial candidate. There is an anti-Congress wave in the country, who would like to be a sacrificial lamb?” the Sena leader said.