Addressing a massive rally at Shiv Sena stronghold Shivaji Park, Thackeray said "it is my dream that we would create a Hindustan of the Hindus. Maharashtrians or Punjabis alone cannot fight against Islam. That is why, I appeal to all Hindus to break the linguistic wall around them and come together so that we can bring Islam in this country down to its knees."
In his 20-minute speech, 81-year-old Thackeray paused several times and delivered the speech sitting. Dressed in an all-white robe, he was accompanied by his son and Sena Executive President Uddhav.
Thackeray, who jointly addressed the rally with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in an effort to boost prospects of Sena-BJP combine at Mumbai civic polls on February 1, also had words of praise for Modi describing him as "a staunch Hindu".
"When the Godhra riots happened, knives were out for him but nobody spoke about Godhra incident itself. If the reaction of the Babri masjid demolition could reach Mumbai in the form of riots, then there is nothing wrong if the wave of Godhra incident reached Ahmedabad. It was a spontaneous reaction and there is nothing wrong with that," Thackeray said.
Launching an acerbic attack on Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, he said "he let down Sena out of greed for Chief Minister's chair and now he says he loves and respects me. I also love and respect him but what is the use? It is like professing love and respect for a woman after divorcing her."