Mumbai, Apr 30: It seems that the Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan are engaged in a head to head fight. Thackeray vowed that if Chavan could prove his (Chavan's) bribery allegations, he (Thackeray) will resign as the chief of the Shiv Sena.
"You give us proof of this allegation and I am ready to quit as Shiv Sena chief and retire from politics. If not, then you should quit as chief minister and go home. Come on, are you ready," stated Thackeray while hurling his challenge on the Maharashtra CM.
Recently, Chavan and industries minister Narayan Rane claimed that Shiv Sena have received Rs 500 crore from 11 power companies, in order to oppose the 9900 megawatt Jaitapur nuclear power plant.
Calling Chavan and Rane as "brainless" and "inefficient", Thackeray also chided, "Everyone knows that Rane is no saint to make such allegations."
Criticising Chavan, the Shiv Sena chief also added, "It is unfortunate that two ministers in your own cabinet have a different version. And you are making a statement without verifying the truth."
Rane's and Chavan's allegations against Shiv Sena and Bal Thackeray raised its heads when Shiv Sena started agitation against the Jaitapur power plant in Dec 2010. Recently, the region witnessed enough violation over the issue.
Shiv Sena, taking side of the locals in Jaitapur, claimed that the proposed power plant project will be an issue of threat to livelihood and environment.