India facing unprecedented threat from BJP: Sonia Gandhi writes to Uddhav Thackeray
NEW DELHI: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray ahead of his swearing-in ceremony. In the letter, Sonia Gandhi said the three parties – Congress, Shiv Sena and the NCP — came together at a time when the country is facing “unprecedented threats from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)”.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is set to take the oath as the Maharashtra chief minister at 6:40 pm on Thursday at a grand ceremony at the Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Shiv Sena leader had met Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi on Wednesday to extend the invitation for father Uddhav Thackeray’s oath-taking ceremony.
“I regret that I’ll not be able to be present at the ceremony [oath-taking]” Sonia Gandhi wrote in the letter.
Speaking of the alliance of the three parties to form the government in Maharashtra, Sonia Gandhi said, “The Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress have come together under extraordinary circumstances at a time when the country faces unprecedented threats from the BJP.”
The Congress chief further said that the “political atmosphere has become poisonous and the economy has collapsed and farmers are facing great distress”.
The Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress have agreed to a common programme and I am confident that all three parties will strike their utmost to implement that programme in letter and spirit,” Sonia Gandhi wrote.
She further the collective efforts of the alliance would be to fulfil the expectations of the people of Maharashtra. “The people of Maharashtra expect the alliance to provide cohesive, purposeful, responsible, responsive and transparent administration and our collective effort will undoubtedly be to ensure that these expectations are fulfilled,” the Congress interim chief said in the letter.