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Uddhav dares BJP to 'resign' from Maharashtra

Taking a dig at Modi, Thackeray said people were now forwarding a joke on social media that the prime minister 'may visit India soon', apparently referring to Modi's frequent foreign tours

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Photo: PTI
File photo of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Photo: PTI

Chief on Sunday dared his party's ruling ally (BJP) to resign from the government and face mid-term polls.

He also slammed Prime Minister over his campaign for coming Gujarat Assembly polls.

"I challenge you (the BJP) to resign from the government and face polls once again. We will show you the might of the Even during the (Modi) wave, got votes in the name of Sena," Thackeray said, addressing a local poll rally in Nanded.

Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC) polls are scheduled for October 11.

Taking a dig at Modi, Thackeray said people were now forwarding a joke on social media that the prime minister of India 'may visit India soon', apparently referring to Modi's frequent foreign tours.

"I was watching news on television. Saw the PM campaigning for Gujarat polls that are two-months away. How did he suddenly remember his school today after being in power for three years? Did he not feel like visiting his school ever before? Why just before the polls?" he questioned.

Modi visited Vadnagar on Sunday, his birth place in north Gujarat, first time since he became the prime minister. He also visited his school.

The Sena chief said his father, late Bal Thackeray, taught him to never tell a lie to people or wear a ‘mask’ (being a hypocrite) and that he has been following it.

"You (the PM) are making an announcement that you have given a Diwali gift to the people by slashing GST rates. Come here to Nanded and visit the homes of farmers. You will know if it is Diwali or Diwala (poverty) for them," he said.

Modi had said on Sunday Diwali arrived early for the people, a day after the GST Council announced changes in goods and servics tax, slashing rates on more than 25 products and providing relief to small and medium businesses.

However, the Sena chief said, "Farmers are burdened with debts. Now, like development, even electricity is nowhere to be seen due to a shortage of coal."

He also asked how many rich people stood in the queues after demonetisation. "Lakhs of people lost their jobs but terrorism did not cease. Farmers lost their money kept in cooperative banks," he said.

He asked the gathering if they would vote for a party that "ordered" lathicharge on women students in Banaras Hindu University in Uttar Pradesh, a BJP-ruled state, when they complained against eve teasing.

Thackeray further said that people voted for Nitish Kumar in Bihar for development, despite Modi's financial package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore for the state. "What Nitish Kumar later did is another issue."

Taking a dig at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, he said that while he may speak of "invisible hands" supporting the BJP, the Sena voices its criticism openly.

"We do not know how to hide and work. We openly criticise if something is wrong. Sharad Pawar's NCP may continue to remain the invisible hands supporting you," he said.

He added that Fadnavis, during the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation polls, had promised a huge financial package but nobody knew what happened to his promise.

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 02:42 IST
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