Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray on Sunday called for a ‘Modi-Mukht Bharat’ (An India free from Narendra Modi).
Addressing a rally in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park, Thackeray called on all parties to set aside their differences and get united under the common cause for the welfare of the country.
The rally took place on the occasion of Gudi Padwa, the new year of Maharashtrains.
“Today, we have to gear up for the third independence. All political parties should unite to make Modi-mukt Bharat a reality,” he said. He said the anger against the Modi government stemmed from his betrayal of people who had overwhelmingly reposed faith in his leadership in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Thackeray added, “India got its first independence in 1947, second in 1977 (after the post-Emergency election) and 2019 can bring a third independence if India becomes Modi-mukt,” the MNS chief said.
If the Modi government was ousted and an inquiry was ordered into demonetisation, it (the note ban) might turn out to be the biggest scam in the country since 1947, he said.
He accused the current ruling BJP of plotting designs to trigger Hindu-versus-Muslim riots in the name of the Ram temple to consolidate political one-upmanship. “I suspect there is a larger design being worked to trigger Hindu and Muslim riots on the Ram temple agenda,” he said. They have started the process by bringing the temple agenda to the centre stage and in the Supreme Court, he said.
While extending MNS’s support for Ram temple, Thackeray said, “My objection is to their design and politics. Let them talk about the temple post-polls.” In a shift, Thackeray was silent about estranged cousin Uddhav Thackeray and his political party, the Shiv Sena. He skipped their mention or politics. The Congress and the NCP did not find any critical mention.