Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday lashed out at Chief Minister Ashok Chavan for his statement that rifle shooter Tejaswini Sawant would be given a foreign coach.
Thirty-year-old Sawant recently became the first Indian woman to win the gold medal at the world championship.
Uddhav criticised the Congress’ “habit of importing everything”, hinting at Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
“There is a need to change this attitude of importing everything. Hundreds of tonnes of wheat are rotting and the government is importing wheat. Milk powder was recently imported from Denmark. The government can’t do anything on its own and has to import everything,” Thackeray said at a function to mark the 50th anniversary of Marmik magazine.
Uddhav took on Chavan for the rampant increase in cases of malaria. “He had taken to the streets to protect Shah Rukh [Khan] and was sitting aimlessly waiting for Rahul Gandhi during his Mumbai visit. Why can't he take to the streets now?” Uddhav asked.
Uddhav also criticised the Congress president. “Where was Sonia Gandhi when Suresh Kalmadi was making a mess of the Commonwealth Games? Where was she when there was a foodgrain crisis?”
He also opposed the call for an independent Kashmir. “How can one country have two Prime Ministers?”