Mumbai serial bomb blasts case convict Yakub Memon’s execution was played up to generate communal frenzy, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said in Thane on Monday. “Memon’s execution was turned into a drama. This was done by the state and central government to create communal tension,” Thackeray said.
Thackeray then went on to criticise actor Salman Khan for his tweets on Memon. He also targeted the Owaisi brothers, who head the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and warned of consequences ‘if they created communal tension in the state.’ He also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar.
Targeting the BJP government, he said, “The government wants riots and is therefore instigating the Owaisi brothers. The BJP government is playing communal politics in the country. I spoke up for the rights of the Marathi people and 92 cases were registered against me. However, the Owasis have been hurting religious sentiments, but no action is ever taken against them. They surely have the blessings of the government.”
He remarked chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ hands were tied by Modi and Amit Shah. “There was corruption during the Congress government and the BJP government is also following the same footsteps. Only the government has changed, there is no change on the ground.”
He also said the news about a secret meeting between him and cousin Uddhav Thackeray was just a rumour. “It is being done by someone to scare the BJP,” he said, hinting the Sena could be behind it.