New Delhi, Oct 26: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray today claimed that he is aware of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big plans to win 2019 general elections.
Speaking at a news channel’s event in Mumbai, Thackeray said that PM Modi would not hesitate in taking a few drastic and controversial steps just ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Dawood Will Help BJP Win in 2019
Responding to a question regarding his recent cartoon in which he showed Dawood and PM Modi together, the firebrand Marathi leader said the BJP government has started preparations to get India’s most wanted underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim extradite from Pakistan.
Thackeray said that there are several reports that say Dawood is ill and wants to return back to India. The BJP government would facilitate his return and claim that it was PM Modi’s efforts which forced Pakistan to relent, he added. (Also Read: D Company’s Code Words Revealed; ‘Modi’ For Chhota Shakeel And ‘Delhi’ For Karachi)
The MNS head went on to claim that if the BJP government fails to get back Dawood Pakistan, they would try to win the next general elections riding on riots or a Kargil-like conflict.
In August, the then Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi had said that Dawood Ibrahim, key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is in Pakistan and that the neighbouring country is creating hurdles in getting him back to India to face the law here.
“Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan. That country has given him shelter. That country is also putting hurdles in bringing him back to India to face the law,” Mehrishi had said.
“Whatever action is required, we are taking. We will get him. The process is on. But the attitude of the Pakistan government is not in conformity with the international law. Pakistan is working against India. The legal process is on. We will get him at an opportune time,” he said.
Several media reports have claimed in the past that Dawood runs his underworld business from Pakistan’s financial city of Karachi. The wanted crimelord has several bungalows in Karachi posh and highly-secured Cliffton area, reports claimed.
In April, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had stated there was no doubt that Dawood Ibrahim was still in Pakistan.
ON BULLET TRAIN
When asked about his views over the Modi governmemnt’s ambitious Bullet train project linking Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the MNS chief said that there was a need to fix the railway system first.
“Railways need Rs 1 lakh crore to strengthen its infrastructure. But the government is spending Rs 1 lakh 10 thousand crore on the Bullet train project. Bullet train might work in other countries but there is no need for it in Mumbai,” said Thackeray.
“Will not allow even a brick of the (Bullet train) project to be laid in Mumbai,” Thackeray threatened.