Referring to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's statement that India would "gouge out eyes" of enemy if provoked, Shiv Sena today took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his pre-poll promise of teaching Pakistan a lesson was only to garner votes.
"Whenever Parrikar is speaking in Goa, Pakistan related terror activities are active at the border or our jawans are killed. The defence minister should speak less but do more work without speaking much about it," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said today.
Addressing a rally in Goa on Saturday, Parrikar had said, "India did not seek war, but would gouge out eyes of the enemy if provoked. We don't itch for a fight, but if someone looks at the country with evil eye, we will gouge his eyes out and put them back in his hand, we have that much power."
Stating that when one speaks at rallies, one gets to hear claps from the audience, the editorial said, "If one looks at the speeches given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Lok Sabha polls, it will be evident.
"People voted in large numbers for Modi because he said he will teach Pakistan a lesson and wipe that country out if required. But nothing of that sort has happened."
Sena said that Pathankot terror attacks, infiltration bids from Pakistan border, Uri attacks in which 20 armymen were killed have all taken place when Parrikar helmed the Defence ministry.
"Leave aside Pakistan or China. The defence minister should speak on illegal activities taking place in Goa. Russian and Nigerian mafias there have spoilt peace, independence of the place and have no respect for law and order," it said.
The Sena added that safety of women and senior citizens is at stake and that the Goan police have also not been able to do much to stop the illegal activities.
"If somebody asks Parrikar during an election rally to gouge out the eyes of these mafias first and then talk about Pakistan, what answer will he have?" it questioned.