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Centre failed to gather global support against China, Pak: Uddhav Thackeray

He adds this is despite PM Modi making friendship with several world leaders

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Photo: PTI
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Photo: PTI

chief on Monday said India had failed to get international support on its issues with and despite Prime Minister making friends with world leaders.

Thackeray, whose party is a constituent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre and in Maharashtra, also said it would be an injustice to the nation if the senior ally remained embroiled in elections and internal


"What has happened which caused a severe unrest in Kashmir and has made the dragon (China) our enemy? Are we lacking somewhere? The PM roams around the world and has made many friends. Then, why is it that nobody is openly supporting us against these enemies?" asked in the second part of his interview to mouthpiece Saamana.

"The might be considering the as its number one enemy. That is why may be, and have been ignored? If they feel the is a bigger enemy than these two nations, it is their misfortune, not mine," he said.

There has been nearly a month-long border standoff between India and in the Sikkim sector, which is seen as part of Chinese coercive tactics to change the status quo. India has taken a strong stand against such a Chinese move.

According to Thackeray, China's strength cannot be ignored and India needs to make efforts to match it.

"If the ruling party remains stuck in elections and internal politics, it will be an injustice to the nation... You can win elections anytime, you have even won them. But, a war is a war and there is on the opposite side," he said.

"On one hand, they (the BJP) have been able to get back Kashmir from and on the other hand, is trying to expand," said.

The environment in the country isn't good now, the chief said, referring to the issue of gau rakshaks and instances of them resorting to violence.

"On how many fronts will you be able to fight at the same time?" he asked.

Asked on his interaction with Modi during the meet held before the presidential polls, said the prime minister welcomed him with a lot of affection.

The PM requested him to sit with him to eat and affectionately asked about the wellbeing of his family members. Modi even spoke to him in Marathi, the leader said.

In the first part of the interview published on Sunday, had accused the prime minister of being on a "centralisation spree" as he criticised demonetisation and goods and services tax (GST).

He had said reforms are a must, "but one should pause" to review their impact.

The leader also said that going by government advertisements, one would get a feeling that everything was hunky-dory, but one should check the ground reality.

First Published: Mon, July 24 2017. 13:12 IST
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