War-like situation ahead of LS polls predictable: Raj Thackeray

MNS chief Raj Thackeray addresses a press conference at his residence Krishnakunj in Shivaji Park on Tuesday (Photo Courtesy: Prashant Nadkar@Indian Express)

“Maharasthra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday suggested that the Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed last month, was carried out with the intent of helping Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections. He claimed that there would be similar attacks closer to polling day to whip up hysteria in the country to benefit the BJP.” the Indian Express reported.

“Our jawans have been killed and we are told we should not ask questions. I had earlier predicted that before the 2019 elections, Narendra Modi and this government would create a war-like situation. They are so predictable. I want to ask why did this attack happen now?” Thackeray said while addressing party workers during the 13th foundation day of MNS.

He alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s behaviour after the Pulwama attack seemed like he was indifferent to what was happening in the country. “He claims that he is a fakir but to me, he seems to be more like an indifferent person,” Indian Express quoted Thackeray as saying.

Raj Thackrey was once with the Shiv Sena, the Bal Thackrey’s brainchild. After Bal Thackrey made his son his heir and president of the party, Raj Thackrey who was at the forefront of the Thackery’s party parted with and formed his own party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

He claimed that after the airstrikes in Pakistan post Pulwama attack, the BJP leadership and the party’s social media team had gone on an overdrive to propagate a false narrative about the success of the strike.

“We have numerous figures being touted about the number of terrorists killed by BJP leaders. Let me tell you, even if 10 terrorists had been killed, Pakistan would not have sent back Wing Commander Abhinandan. Would we have sent back a Pakistani pilot if our men were killed?” Thackeray asked.

Claiming that the government was lying and trying to build a narrative to win elections, he said: “They are lying because they want to win elections. They want to use our jawans to win elections and people should recognise this conspiracy.”

Thackeray claimed that another terrorist attack would be manufactured before the Lok Sabha elections to create a conducive political environment for the BJP. “I feel that next month, before elections, another Pulwama-like attack will be manufactured. Attention will get diverted and they (BJP leaders) will start giving lessons in patriotism to everyone. They have realised that this is the only way they can cover up for their failures in governance,” he said.

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