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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray calls Modi govt the ‘worst-ever regime’

mumbai Updated: Feb 13, 2017 15:50 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
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Uddhav Thackeray

Uddhav Thackeray during a rally at Goregaon in Mumbai on Sunday.(HT)

Ratcheting up his attack against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the high-stake civic polls, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has called the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government the ‘worst ever regime’ to govern the country.

“The Modi government is the worst we have ever seen. Here the soldiers undertook the surgical strikes while the BJP is taking undue credit for it. Will the Centre also take responsibility for substandard meals given to them? They have to fight the enemy on an empty stomach,” said Uddhav on Sunday.

He taunted the BJP saying that some people feel the country came into existence only in 2014.

Uddhav was irked by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s taunt on why Uddhav was affected by demonetisation which was an attempt to flush out black money.

“Yes. I am definitely affected by the demonetisation because I am not callous like you (Fadnavis). More than 200 people have died owing to the decision. One of them was also a soldier who committed suicide due to the note ban. Now, the time has come to flush out the BJP,” he added.

Throughout the day, Uddhav and Fadnavis traded barbs on each other in their public meetings.

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Uddhav has put the onus of transperancy in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on the state government.

“If you want accountability then you should question the BMC commissioner appointed by your government. The BMC was ranked first for transparency in a report prepared by the central government while the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, of which Fadnavis was the mayor, does not feature anywhere,” he added.

He said he still stands by his statement praising the Congress for undertaking developmental works such as Metro.

In a Saamana editorial, the Sena had criticised Modi’s ‘raincoat’ jibe at former PM Manmohan Singh, and openly praised the Congress for the country’s development.

“When the Congress undertake projects, you accuse them of corruption. Later, you come to power and take credit for these projects,” said Uddhav Thackeray.


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