This is your Government? A Government which is fooling people all the time? This is your Prime Minister, who lies?
That was the much reviled Raj Thackeray referring contemptuously to the Modi Government.
“I had warned four years ago that Modi would create a warlike situation to win the election,” declared Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief in a public speech in Mumbai.
Calling upon people to throw out the BJP Government and the ‘dangerous duo’ of Narendra Modi and Amit shah, he wondered whose failure led to the huge quantity of RDX reach the suicide bomber in Pulwama. “How did RDX reach Pulwama and why did the air strike at Balakot become necessary,” he asked before taunting the Prime Minister.
“He speaks so much but he does not answer questions. He lies but says nothing when asked about Pulwama, the RDX, the air strike at Balakot…why Notebandi…but there is no answer,” said Thackeray.
MNS chief’s address at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Saturday, April 6, has been causing ripples beyond the state, especially after the MNS released the video with English subtitles of his Marathi speech.
Thackeray declared that he had no doubt in his mind that for the sake of the country, the Modi-Shah duo must go.
Alleging the Prime Minister’s nationalism to be fake, the MNS chief played a video clip of the Prime Minister telling Kashmiris that his Government had for the first time punished soldiers for firing at Kashmiris and killing two civilians. For the first time, he said, the Indian Army had held a press conference to apologise to the Kashmiris.
“Listen for yourself, hear him tell Kashmiris that he would give them justice…and hear him now,” Thackeray mocked.
Accusing the Prime Minister of lying, Thackeray played another video clip of an investigation into India’s first Digital Village, Harisal in Vidarbha.
“The Prime Minister had claimed from the Red fort that Harisal had become India’s first Digital village. I was curious and I asked my men to investigate. And this is what they found,” the MNS chief told the gathering before playing the video on a giant screen.
Villagers at Harisal denied they were getting free wi-fi. There was in fact no signal despite a tower. The local bank had an ATM machine but villagers were not given ATM cards. None of the shops, not even the young man who had modelled for the Government digital advertisement campaign and ran a shop, had a POS or a swiping machine. There was a computer at the health centre lying unused and a few more computers in the schools, which similarly were not in use.
Thackeray then played the Government’s digital campaign on the village and asked the gathering to compare themselves between the claim and the reality.
To everyone’s surprise, the MNS chief called upon people to vote for NCP-Congress candidates in Maharashtra.
“In 1971 even the RSS supported Indira Gandhi and the Congress. And in 1977 even Congressmen voted against her,” he asserted before saying that the situation in the country is such that it is imperative to show BJP and Modi-Shah the door.