New Delhi, Aug 13: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his considerable poll campaigns saying that he should hold election rallies for all the parties and not just the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Thackeray said that the PM, a star campaigner for the BJP in elections and of chief ministers, should treat everyone equally. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge
Speaking at the 58th anniversary function of the weekly magazine ‘Marmik’, the Shiv Sena chief said, “While being sworn-in, the prime minister, chief ministers and ministers take the oath that they will treat everyone as equal. Why should the prime minister go only for the BJP (poll) campaign?” Also Read - Aditya Chopra Pledges To Vaccinate 30,000 Daily Cine Workers, Seeks Maha CM's Help
“They (prime ministers) should go for the poll campaign of all the parties. They should attend the poll campaign of the Shiv Sena, independents and Communists,” he said. Also Read - Impose Complete Lockdown in India: Traders' Body Urges PM Modi Amid COVID Surge
Referring to the BJP chief Amit Shah‘s letter to the law panel pitching for simultaneous polls, Thackeray said that Election Commission should ban prime minister and chief ministers from the poll campaigns if the democracy has to take root in the country.
“One nation, one election is nice. If democracy has to take root in our country, then the Election Commission should ban prime minister, chief ministers and ministers from (participating in) poll campaigns. The prime minister says he will give houses for all by 2022. If someone objects, he will say that person has negativity,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Amit Shah had told the Law Commission that simultaneous elections will lead to cuts in the otherwise huge expenses borne on holding polls at present. Rejecting the objections by different opposition parties that the idea of “One Nation, One Election” will be against the basic structure of the Indian federal system, he said, “In fact, it will strengthen the federal structure in India.”
Shiv Sena had earlier attacked PM Modi’s interview to news agency ANI calling it a “propaganda which happens in China, Russia and Communist countries as well.” “The reporters sent questions to the PMO, which sent written replies. Many have treated it as an interview. In other words, it is propaganda,” the Sena said in Saamana.