Raj Thackeray launched a frontal attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his party’s Gudi Padwa rally at Shivaji Park here on Friday. He also slammed the BJP and RSS for creating a controversy over the slogan “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”. Slamming the Owaisi brothers Asaduddin and Akbaruddin, they are financed by BJP. he challenged Asaduddin Owaisi on his remark that he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat. Thackeray warned the BJP and RSS against supporting the division of the state
Which PM undertook so many foreign trips? Where are the ‘Achche Din’ Raj asked at Gudhi Padwa rally of his party at Shivaji Park and you promised to bring back black money. Where is it? Mallya took crores of rupees from here and fled from the country, Raj Thackeray Added.
He also slammed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for diverting attention from real issues in the state. He added in his speech “Mr Fadnavis said he would continue to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if he is removed from the post of CM. But who is removing him? And who has told him not to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai?’ Nobody. These are tactics used to divert attention from the real questions… He has no opinion on anything. You praise the Jalyukta Shivar scheme and claim to have built 33,000 wells. Chief minister, show us the wells”
Modi has changed after becoming the PM, he said, adding, “You promised miracles, saying you will do this in 100 days of coming to power. Where are those miracles?”
“Now you are taking help of RSS on issues like nationalism. Will the RSS distribute certificates of nationalism,” he asked.
Referring to the ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan row, he said, “They say Ram temple issue is (pending) before the court. The court gave clean chit to Amit Shah, but why no solution on Ram temple issue.”
Slamming the Owaisi brothers (Asaduddin and Akbaruddin), Raj alleged, “They are financed by BJP.”
“Come to Maharashtra, I will put a knife to your throat,” he challenged Asaduddin Owaisi on his remark that he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat.
Taking on Shiv Sena, Raj said, “Why is Sena remaining in power despite the BJP not giving them due credit? What happened to Shiv Sena’s agitation on Jaitapur nuclear plant?… The Sena is afraid of MNS despite being in power.”
Mimicking Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Raj said his insistence on raising ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan is “misplaced”. “Nobody is going to remove you,” he said, referring to Fadnavis’ remarks that he is ready to quit as CM, but won’t stop saying the slogan.
“He is like a class monitor,” Raj said.
The MNS chief also read out the message by a farmer written before he committed suicide. The farmer said the government was neglecting farmers and youth of Marathwada,” Raj said, adding, “What is the difference between you and the Congress government?”