Significantly, the long-time NDA ally has turned a critical lens to BJP's work at an hour when the Centre was under attack from the Opposition both within and outside the Parliament over a host of issues.

"Even 50 years are not enough to clean up the mess created by the previous (UPA) government. But a lot has to be done in the next five years to fulfill the aspirations of people. You (the BJP) had promised 'Acche Din' to people and thus cannot cheat them now," Thackeray said in an interview in Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

He added that even though governments have changed at the Centre and in Maharashtra, nothing much has changed on 'ground'. "Every morning when we open a newspaper, we read the same news that once bored us... The thought which comes to our mind is that we used to read the same news before. Be it farmers' suicide, protests of the unemployed people, crimes against women," Shiv Sena chief cited. Asked to comment on Pakistani flags being raised in Kashmir, Thackeray said, "Haven't seen it happen in a long time."

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