Bharat Jodo Yatra: Aaditya Thackeray reveals why he associated with Rahul Gandhi 'despite different ideologies'


Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Friday revealed the reason behind joining Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra despite ideological differences as democracy and the Constitution are under threat in the country.

The former Maharashtra minister, who is from Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray faction, accompanied Gandhi for some time as the Congress leader's foot march entered the state's Hingoli district.

Speaking about the same, Aditya said, "Today someone said that people with two different ideologies have come together. But democracy is to work together for the country despite ideological differences."

Efforts are on to crush the Constitution and democracy in our state and in the country as well. We have come out on the road against this. And this is a good sign for our democracy."

The Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) and the Congress, along with the Nationalist Congress Party, are part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance in Maharashtra.

Asked what he discussed with Gandhi during the march, Aaditya Thackeray said, "It had nothing to do with politics. But there was discussion on the issue of (industrial) investment which has been out of Maharashtra recently."

The Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government recently came under fire after Gujarat bagged a semiconductor project by Vedanta-Foxconn and a military aircraft project by Tata-Airbus.

Thackeray said, "Rahul Gandhi has also raised this issue in his speeches during the yatra. Today there is an attempt to silence the voices of those who speak. We talked about this as well."