Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the recent surgical strike carried out by the Indian Army across the LoC, killing dozens of terrorists. The BJP ally, however, threatened the BJP to break the alliance ahead of the crucial civic poll in Mumbai.
Addressing the party’s 50th annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai, Thackeray said: “From the BJP, anyone gets up and speaks of contesting polls independently. The Chief Minister should first decide who is the leader. Don’t stab us in the back. Fight from the front. Contest separately if you have the courage.”
In an apparent reference to BJP MP Kirit Somaiya’s recent remark that the BJP was all set to contest the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation polls, due early next year, Thackeray dared, “Break the alliance and we will show you our surgical strike.”
“Let anyone confront us in Mumbai civic polls. We will show them that Mumbai belongs to the Shiv Sena and the Shiv Sena belongs to Mumbai,” Thackeray said.
“Our bond with Mumbaikars is that of blood,” he said, adding “We won’t come after you (BJP) with a begging bowl. For now you (Sena workers) don’t think of alliance. We will take a decision on that, whatever that may be,” he told the gathering.
Thackeray lauded the Indian Army and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes, saying that Modi fought with Pakistan like a man (“mard”).
“After the strikes, I phoned Modi and told him, ‘Narendrabhai, this is the Narendrabhai we want as PM,'” he said.
“Modi should now take such an action that not only PoK, but entire Pakistan should be known as part of India,” he said, adding, “Our Army has that much capability.”
Thackeray also condemned those who questioned the veracity of the surgical strike, saying, “Those who said the strike was fake have rotten brains and water of gutters of Lahore and Karachi and not blood flowing through their veins.” “Did Rahul Gandhi learn of the ‘khoon ki dalali’ from Bofors (scam),” he asked.
“How can you show mistrust on the Army while criticising Modi? Those who show distrust for our brave soldiers may be offspring of Pakistan,” he said.