Mumbai: Making a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday said that in future, political parties may resort to Pulwama-like terror attack in a bid to win electoral polls.
“There is a limit to speaking lies. Lies are being spoken to win elections. In a bid to win upcoming elections, there will be another Pulwama like attack within the next 1-2 months,” Thackeray said.
While addressing party workers on the 13th Foundation Day of the MNS, Thackeray also slammed PM Modi‘s statement that presence of Rafale jets could have added to more power to the February 26 pre-emptive airstrike on the JeM terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot. He said that the PM making such statements is nothing but insulting our jawans.
“If the Prime Minister himself says that results would have been better had the country have Rafale jets, it was an insult to our jawans,” he said.
Questioning as to why the warnings issued by intelligence agencies prior to the Pulwama attack were ignored, the MNS chief said that one has every right to ask questions as the National Security Advisor (NSA) had met his Pakistani counterpart in Bangkok in December last year.
Thackeray said, “Forty jawans were martyred in the Pulwama attack. Should we still not ask questions? In December, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval had met his Pakistani counterpart in Bangkok. Who will tell us what transpired at the meeting?”
He further asked, “Intelligence agencies had sounded off warnings before Pulwama, however, they were ignored. Is the NSA not responsible if jawans were killed despite prior intelligence?”
The MNS Chief didn’t spare Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah also and took a dig on the statement made by him on the number of casualties in the Balakot strike asking whether Shah was one of the “co-pilots” who had participated in the airstrike.
He also alleged that the airstrike was partially unsuccessful as the government had provided the wrong information to the Indian Air Force (IAF). In a strongly worded statement, he also claimed that had terrorists been killed in the airstrike, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman would not have been released by Pakistan.
Thackeray also spoke of the Pathankot terror attack and linked it with the Pulwama attack. Drawing a parallel between the two terror attacks, Thackeray said that at the Pathankot attack took place, PM Modi had met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif a few days back and given him a cake on his birthday.
“In the next seven days, the Pathankot terror attack took place. At that time, (assembly) elections were due in four states in the next three months,” Thackeray said.