Uddhav told reporters in Mumbai that he has appealed Shiv Sainiks to converge at Sommaiya grounds in Mumbai, instead of organizing various functions in their native places, to take a pledge to fulfill the late Sena chief's dreams. (Agencies)
However, he clarified that the rally is not a show of strength against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's massive rally, which was held in Mumbai earlier.
"We know whom to show our strength on January 23, like Dussehra and Shiv Sena Foundation Day, it is an auspicious day for us. There are lot of emotions and sentiments attached as Shiv Sena is like a family. I will not allow the Sainiks to be demoralized and will fulfill the responsibility entrusted to me. We will enter the poll arena with a determination to win," he said.
On being asked whether BJP leaders will be invited, he said that the public meeting is for the Shiv Sainiks to take a pledge.
When asked about MNS chief Raj Thackeray's view that Narendra Modi should have quit as Gujarat Chief Minister after being declared as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, Uddhav said, "It is not necessary for me to comment on other's views. Whatever is happening now is appropriate."
He said that Sena's vision is not just to win elections.
"We are here to serve people and can do it in a better way by being in power. Our four-and-a-half years of rule in Maharashtra was the best," he said, recalling that Congress leaders promised free electricity to farmers before elections and scrapped the decision after winning it.
Replying to questions, the Sena leader said that there is a wave against the Congress in the country.
"We have to be alert and not be complacent and this is what we are going to pledge at the January 23 rally," he added.
Uddhav told reporters in Mumbai that he has appealed Shiv Sainiks to converge at Sommaiya grounds in Mumbai, instead of organizing various functions in their native places, to take a pledge to fulfill the late Sena chief's dreams.