If BJP can shower flowers on Pakistani cricketers': Uddhav on meeting socialist leaders

15 Oct 2023

Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday met socialist party leaders to discuss a possible alliance. In his defence, he referred to Pakistani players showered with flowers.
Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday defended his joining hands with the socialist parties in Maharashtra and said if the BJP can shower flowers on Pakistani cricketers, then Shiv Sena can also talk with socialist parties. Sena-Samajwadi alliance is not new in Sena's history as Uddhav's father Bal Thackeray too had alliance with the socialist parties for local elections. But their path diverted in the following years as Shiv Sena shifted to Hindutva ideology. As Uddhav discusses alliance with 150 socialist leaders, his move is being seen as a departure which he countered by criticising the showering of petals on Pakistani cricketers in Ahmedabad.
The Pakistan cricket team was accorded a warm welcome in Ahmedabad where they played against India in World Cup 2023. In the hotel, the players were welcomed with a shower of petals, the sound of dhols and a musical performance
Uddhav Sena leader Sanjay Raut questioned the special treatment and said that if any other state had done it, the BJP would have raised a hue and cry. “The Pakistan team can come and get a grand welcome in Gujarat. This can happen only in Gujarat in the country. If it had happened in any other state, then the people of BJP would have raised a hue and cry. The BJP tries to teach us but they are now responsible for this," Sanjay Raut said.