Ramdas Kadam hit out at Aaditya Thackeray, son of party chief Uddhav Thackeray, saying that he should take care of his age before speaking anything. Ramdas Kadam was the Environment Minister in the state from 2014 to 2019. He claimed that he had banned single use plastic in 2018 but all the credit went to Aditya.
‘Aditya sat in my cabin for a year and a half’
Ramdas Kadam said, ‘When I was the Environment Minister, Aaditya Thackeray used to sit in my cabin for one and a half years. At that time I had not thought that this Aditya Thackeray, who calls me Uncle, would go ahead and take over my ministry. I have never done this kind of politics in my whole life. In fact, no one can sit or hold meetings in the cabin of an outside minister.
The former minister said, ‘But since Aditya is Uddhav Thackeray’s son, I did not say anything. I took the decision to ban plastic but credit was given to Aaditya Thackeray. Even then I didn’t say anything. Ramdas Kadam was seen crying in several TV interviews where he asked Uddhav Thackeray how many people he has expelled from Shiv Sena.
Uddhav Thackeray’s advice for self-reliance
Ramdas Kadam asked Thackeray to introspect on why 50 MLAs and 12 MPs decided to support Eknath Shinde. Kadam claimed that he had spoken to Shinde when the rebel MLAs were in Guwahati. After this Shinde had also agreed to return to the party, but this attempt failed because people present around Thackeray started abusing the MLAs.
Sharad Pawar accused of weakening Shiv Sena
A day earlier, Ramdas Kadam had alleged that NCP chief Sharad Pawar was harming Shiv Sena and had submitted evidence in this regard to Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray. Kadam, while talking to a TV channel, claimed that Shiv Sena was systematically weakened by Pawar. He claimed that some MLAs had expressed concern over this but Thackeray was not ready to part ways with Pawar.