Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, claiming that he copied former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

“You (Modi) will keep on abusing Nehru and Indira Gandhi, but still you copy them… Past five years you have only lied to the country on everything,” news agency IANS quoted him as saying at a rally.

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Thackeray’s attack came a few days after PM Modi, at a rally in Goa, said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi lied a lot perhaps because he was burdened by the sins of his father who was allegedly involved in the Bofors artillery deal.

“Sometimes I think, why is he lying so much? I suspect that perhaps the sins of his father from the Bofors deal are weighing on his mind. In order to wash them, he is smearing the same sins on the rest of the world,” he said while addressing a Lok Sabha Elections 2019 rally.

Earlier in March, Thackeray touted this election to be against Modi-Shah and not against a particular party. Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) openly, he asked party cadres to work for the defeat of the saffron party.

Terming the coming Lok Sabha elections a fight between Modi-Shah and the country, he had said, “Let this campaign against Modi work in anyone’s favour, you start preparing for the state assembly polls… I will hold rallies against the BJP and you work against them.” He also dismissed reports that the MNS was ready to strike a seat-sharing adjustment with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Launching a blistering attack on the Modi-led government, he went on to add that the ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign is just another gimmick to distract public attention from the failures of the BJP government.

In 2014, Thackeray had supported Modi as the Prime Minister but later criticised him.

The seven-phased Lok Sabha Elections 2019 began on April 11, as voters in 91 constituencies and two Union Territories exercised their right to vote. The counting of votes will be held on May 23.