Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Maharashtra on Saturday gave indications to distance itself from 20-year-old ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by asserting, “There is no necessity that we will be together in the future.”

Stating that there is no one close in the politics, Thackeray said, “There is no ideological proximity with the new generation leaders of BJP. The times were different when party control was in the hands of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani used to be there.” 

When asked whether BJP and Shiv Sena will be together in the 2014 elections? Thackeray replied, “The power is now in the hands of the new generation. It would be better if Uddhav Thackeray is asked this question.”

Thackeray also took the opportunity to criticize the social activist Anna Hazare and Lokpal Bill. He said, “Hazare is trying to overtake the four pillars of democracy which is wrong.”

Talking about his belief, he said, “I believe in the laws of Chhatrapati Shivaji, where you cannot overlook Supreme Court or the President.” 

While speaking to a private channel about Sachin Tendulkar’s being in form throughout the IPL and his not touring to West Indies, Thackeray said, “One cannot guarantee that Tendulkar is playing for the country and not for money.”

This is not the first time that Thackeray has given negative comments for the Indian batting maestro. Long back, Tendulkar’s comment that Mumbai is not only part of Maharashtra but also a part of country had brought him to the bad books of the Sena chief.

(JPN/ Bureau)