Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second day in a row over a string of issues from rushing in to impose President’s rule in Congress-ruled Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh to the Centre’s failure in controlling inflation.
Thackeray also laid bare his relationship with the top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership by saying that “the communication with Delhi has broken” in the second part of his interview in the party’s mouthpiece, ‘Saamna’. The first instalment of the four-part interview was published on Sunday in the Sena mouthpiece ahead of his birthday on July 27.
“This isn’t the way to achieve a Congress-Mukt Bharat. They should have shown such rush in taking back Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK). The country would have applauded them,” the Sena chief, who will turn 56 on Wednesday, said.
Earlier in July, the Sena was equally quick in slamming the Modi-led government in a stinging editorial in Saamna that likened the Supreme Court verdict to a ‘slap on the Centre’s cheek and a blow on its nose’ after the top court struck down its decision to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.
Its reaction was similar to the one the party had when the SC had upturned the President’s rule imposed in Uttarakhand. The Sena had, then, warned that the country would “head to anarchy if such things continue”.
Targeting the Modi government on other fronts as well, Thackeray again took digs at the stands that the government has taken since coming to power. “Our country’s misfortune is that we still don’t have a leader who will walk his talk,” Thackeray said on a question about Modi’s speech promising to ‘teach Pakistan a lesson’ after coming to power.
On Sunday, Thackeray demanded that India should be proclaimed a ‘Hindu state’ wondering how long attacks on the security forces will go on in Kashmir. The Sena leader compared the current situation in the country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, as “foggy” - which he said was a matter of utmost concern for his party.
He kept up his attack on Monday as he questioned the outcome of Modi government’s pet schemes and flagship missions.
“Be it Make in India, Start Up India, Skill India, all have been kicked off with great fanfare. But, when will they be implemented? What are their timelines? Will educated youths get jobs through this? How many will benefit from Start Up India?” he asked.
In a seemingly sarcastic tone, Thackeray also said he was still hopeful of Modi’s leadership.
“Modi will fix everything,” he said.