Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deal Pakistan such a blow that nothing remains of it to mess with India.
Addressing a poll rally in Maharashtra’s Ausa with PM Modi, their first since the Shiv Sena and BJP announced their tie-up for the Lok Sabha polls, Thackeray also welcomed the BJP’s manifesto.
He said the promises made in the BJP manifesto was the reason the two ruling parties joined forces ahead of the polls.
In the manifesto released on Monday, the BJP has reiterated its commitment towards the construction of the Ram temple and abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution. It also announced a welfare scheme for farmers if voted to power.
“Our government today doesn’t just talk about teaching Pakistan a lesson,” Thackeray said.
“Pradhan Mantri ji, our only expectation from you now is that deal Pakistan such a blow that nothing of it remains to mess (with India) again,” he added.
Thackeray also attacked the Congress for alleging that the BJP manifesto repeated the NDA major’s 2014 poll promises.
The Sena chief slammed the Congress saying that it was their (Congress’) manifesto which was filled with lies.
He criticised Congress’s ‘NYAY’ scheme that aims to help the poor by ensuring a minimum income guarantee.
“Rahul (Gandhi) ji, the poverty eradication slogan was given by your grandmother (late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi). Your poverty vanished, but when the poverty of the poor will disappear? We will do it,” Thackeray said.
In his speech, PM Modi called Uddhav Thackeray his “younger brother” and recalled that the Congress had “withdrawn” citizenship of late Bal Thackeray.
Union minister Ramdas Athawale and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also addressed the rally. BJP-Sena alliance candidates from Latur and Osmanabad Lok Sabha seats were also present.