Another Pulwama-like attack can happen during polls to divert attention: Raj Thackeray

March 9, 2019

Mumbai:  Making a shocking prediction, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray on Saturday claimed that another “Pulwama-like attack” would come within a couple of months” at the height of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“Mark my words – another Pulwama-type strike will be organised in the next two months, during the Lok Sabha elections, to divert peoples’ attention from all problems to patriotism,” he said, addressing the MNS’ 13th anniversary celebrations.

This is because, Thackeray alleged, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have “miserably failed” in all their policies, including the Ram temple issue, or bringing back fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.

“The Pulwama attacks, in which 40 men (CRPF troopers) were killed, resulted in diverting attention from all the burning problems and the failures of BJP and Modi, and there were debates on nationalism,” he said.

Dismissing claims made by the BJP leaders including its President Amit Shah, Modi and others on the casualties inflicted in the Indian Air Force retaliatory strikes, Thackeray said, “Forget the claims of 200-250-350 terrorists killed… Mind you even if just 10 extremists had been killed, Pakistan would never have released our IAF (wing) commander Abhinandan (Varthaman).

“Forty of our men were killed, can’t we even ask questions? The BJP and Modi are using our soldiers for electoral politics,” he said.

Thackeray, however, said people are proud of the IAF for successfully carrying out the bombings.

He also accused Modi of faking grief when the bodies of the troopers were received, indulging in a stylish sartorial display all along, and at one point lauding how Indian businessmen make even bigger sacrifices than our soldiers.

Thackeray also charged the PM with “insulting” the sacrifices of our soldiers by saying that if the country had an advanced French fighter aircraft (Rafale), the outcome would have been very different.

He recalled that barely a week after Modi went to Pakistan and celebrated the birthday of (then Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif (December 25, 2015) by cutting a cake, Pakistan carried out the Pathankot attacks on Janaury 2, 2016, and then came the Uri terror strike of September 18 that year.

“After the tensions created by China in Doklam in June 2017, there were calls for boycotting all Chinese products, then why was the China-made Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue acceptable to you,” he asked.

Attacking National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, he said that according to reports, he had secretly met his Pakistani counterpart in Thailand on December 27, and his son’s company had an Arab and a Pakistani as partners.

“Its is okay for them to have Pakistani business associates, but when anybody else has a Pakistani partner, they are immediately labelled as anti-nationals and traitors. Why such double standards?” he thundered.

Thackeray also attacked “the orphaned troll army” of the BJP and asked his activists “to teach them a lesson” whenever they abuse the MNS, amidst repeated rounds of cheers and applause all through his stinging speech.

On the crucial issue of the party’s stand during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, he continued to maintain the suspense of the MNS role vis-a-vis the Opposition parties’ alliance.

But he assured the gathering that he would take the decision at the right time, which would be in the “best interests of the party, the people, the state and the nation”.

IANS

Bommai slams Siddaramaiah-led K’taka govt for accepting caste census report

Bengaluru: Criticising the Congress-led Karnataka government, former chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said that accepting the caste census report has created social unrest, and "the government is all set...

Spanish woman gang-raped in Jharkhand’s Dumka, 3 held

Dumka: A Spanish woman was allegedly gang-raped in Hansdiha police station area of Dumka in Jharkhand, late on Friday night. A top officer of the state police headquarters confirmed the...

B’luru cafe blast: Use of IED suspected, locals spotted movement of ‘suspicious’ persons

Bengaluru: The initial probe into the blast at a cafe in Bengaluru that left at least five persons injured on Friday suggests the use of low-intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED)....

Sheikh Shahjahan sent to 10-day police custody

Kolkata: Sheikh Shahjahan, the accused mastermind behind the January 5 attack on ED and CAPF personnel in Sandeshkhali has been remanded to 10 days of police custody by a district...

AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal convicted in abetment of suicide case of Delhi doctor

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday convicted AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal in an abetment of suicide case linked to the death of a South Delhi-based doctor in 2020. The...

Bengal Guv writes to Mamata govt, seeks Sheikh Shahjahan’s immediate arrest

Kolkata: West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose has written a letter to the state government seeking immediate arrest of Sheikh Shahjahan, the absconding Trinamool Congress leader from Sandeshkhali and accused...

Police finally register FIR against Shahjahan on complaints by Sandeshkhali villagers

Kolkata: West Bengal Police finally registered an FIR on Monday against the absconding Trinamool Congress leader based on the complaints filed against him by the villagers of Sandeshkhali. The FIR...

INLD’s unit chief, ex-MLA Rathee shot dead in Haryana’s Jhajjar

Chandigarh: The Indian National Lok Dal's Haryana unit President and former legislator Nafe Singh Rathee was shot dead in an attack by unidentified assailants in the state's Jhajjar district on...

UP STF makes first arrest in police recruitment paper leak case

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force, which is probing the police recruitment paper leak case, has made its first arrest in the case. The STF, on Sunday, arrested one...

‘Honour killing’: TN man hacked to death for marrying girl from different caste

Chennai: In another case of "honour killing", a 25-year-old man was hacked to death by a gang of five in Chennai, police said on Sunday. In November, the deceased identified...

Dawood’s relative shot dead at wedding reception in UP

Shahjahanpur: A 35-year-old man from Mumbai, who was shot dead during a wedding reception at Jalalabad in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur district on Wednesday, has turned out to be a relative...

Eight-year-old girl gang-raped in UP, mother arrested

Lucknow: The Lucknow police have arrested the mother of an eight-year-old girl, who was allegedly gang-raped by a cleric and his brother in the Malihabad area, on the outskirts of...

Read Previous

UK refers India’s request for Nirav Modi’s extradition to court

Read Next

Americans will need new visa to visit Europe

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com