Alliance with RPI to pull Maharashtra out of darkness

Mumbai: Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray today said that only the grand alliance of "Shivshakti-Bhimshakti" could pull Maharashtra out of darkness.

"The alliance will not only pull down the incumbent government in the state, but also in Delhi," Uddhav said while addressing a gathering to mark Shiv Sena`s 45th foundation day.

RPI leader Ramdas Athawale was the special invitee at the celebrations held at Shanmukhanand Hall in central Mumbai.

Promising that the saffron alliance with the RPI will be life-long, Uddhav assured Athawale that he would be given due respect in the alliance. He was responding to Athawale?s comments earlier that he would first observe the experience of how he is treated in the saffron alliance.

Thackeray said the dream of "Shivshakti (Sena and BJP) and Bhimshakti (RPI) coming together was first seen by his grandfather Prabodhankar Thackeray, which has become a reality now.

Taking on the Congress-NCP for calling Shiv Sena a communal party, Uddhav said that the Sena was committed to the ideology of Hindutva.

"We have not hidden anything. Does this mean we are communal? At least we are not faking anything. We do not back-stab people. We attack from the front," he said.