Launching a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray called for opposition unity and a “Modi-mukt Bharat” by 2019.
Addressing party workers at a rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai, Thackeray said, “The country is fed up with the false promises made by Narendra Modi and his government.”
All opposition parties should come together to get rid of the BJP-led NDA government to ensure “Modi-mukt Bharat”, he said, reminding the audience of BJP’s “Congress-mukt Bharat” slogan.
“India got its first Independence in 1947, second in 1977 (after the post-Emergency elections), and 2019 can bring a third Independence if India becomes 'Modi-mukt’,” the MNS chief said.
If the Modi government was ousted and an inquiry is ordered into demonetisation, it (the note-ban) may turn out to be the biggest scam ever since 1947, he said.
Quoting a report of the Indian Space Research Organisation, Thackeray said, “A large scale desertification of Maharashtra is going on due to depletion of groundwater. After Rajasthan, our state has reported the second highest rate of desertification in
Saying this, he went on to question Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s claim of digging of 56,000 wells in the state.
In a dig at prime minister Modi’s foreign tours, Thackeray said Modi was apparently visiting foreign countries to get “flour for pakoda” as his tours haven’t fetched any investments.
The government is trying to control media, judiciary and institutions like the Central Bureau of Investigation, Thackeray said, alleging that media is under tremendous pressure from the government.
Incidentally, Raj Thackeray had met Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar on Saturday. He, however, described the meeting at Pawar’s residence in south Mumbai as a courtesy call.