Raj Thackeray expecting another Pulwama attack before elections
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Mar 11, 2019, 05:48 PM
Raj Thackeray, the president of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which failed to win a single seat in the 16th Lok Sabha elections of 2014, at the anniversary celebrations of his party, declared that the central government will “organise” another Pulwama-like attack in the one month before the general elections voting begins on April 11, to “divert people’s attention from all problems to patriotism”.
The right-wing party supremo slammed the incumbent government for “using our soldiers for undue politics”. He also criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for “failing in all their policies”, ranging from the Ram Mandir issue, the capture of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, to the bringing back of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Thackeray did not stop with condemning the ruling party. He also went on to accuse Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, of meeting his Pakistan compeer, Khalid Naeem Lodhi, secretly in Thailand. He went to accuse Doval’s son, Shaurya Doval, who heads the think tank, India Foundation, of having a Pakistani business partner. Thackeray questioned the government for having such “double standards”.
The cousin of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, insinuated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was pretending to be grieved post the Pulwama attack which killed 40 CRPF soldiers, and that Modi undermined the sacrifices of the soldiers against the businessmen of the country.
Thackeray reminded the MNS gathering of Modi’s visit to then Pakistan President Nawaz Sharif’s office, which occurred a week before the Pathankot attack by terrorists, resulting in the death of 25 security personnel and 1 civilian. He questioned the government for giving the contract of building of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue to a Chinese company, even after the standoff between India and China in Doklam 2 years ago.
He further added that Modi had “insulted” the soldiers and their sacrifices, when the PM had said in a speech that the use of Rafale fighter jets in the Indian Air Force airstrike would have resulted in more benefit for the country.
After a long speech criticising the government and the country’s security forces, Thackeray did not announce whether he will be allying with the “Mahagathbandhan” in the upcoming elections or not, saying that his decision would be in the “best interest of the party, people, state and nation”.
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