Ausa, Maharashtra: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to deal with Pakistan in a manner that it never messes with India again.
Addressing an election rally here with Modi, Thackeray welcomed the BJP manifesto.
This was the first joint rally of Modi and Thackeray after the announcement of their coming together for the Lok Sabha elections.
Thackeray said that the promises made in BJP’s manifesto are the reason for the coming together of the two major parties in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
The BJP has reiterated its commitment to get the Ram Temple built in Ayodhya on the disputed plot in its manifesto released on Monday. It has also vowed to repeal Article 370 and specifically Article 35A of the Constitution.
If Modi retains power, he would also begin pensions for both farmers and traders, the BJP manifesto says.
Thackeray said, “Today our government does not merely talk just about teaching Pakistan a lesson.”
He said, “Prime Minister, now we hope you deal with Pakistan in a manner that it is never able to rear its head against India again.”
Thackeray attacked the Congress for saying that the BJP has repeated the promises of 2014. The Sena chief said it was the Congress manifesto which was full of lies. He criticized the Congress’s NYAY scheme too.
Thackeray said, “Rahul Gandhi ji, the slogan of poverty eradication was given by your grandmother (the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi) too. All it did was address your poverty. When will the poverty of the poor go away? We will do it.”
On the Prime Minister’s crop insurance plan, Thackeray said that the companies are cheating farmers. He also appealed to Modi to teach these companies a lesson.
Thackeray said, “For the convenience of farmers, there should be an office of insurance companies in every district.”
Modi described Thackeray as his “younger brother” in his speech. The prime minister alleged, “Congress had snatched the citizenship of the late leader Bal Thackeray.”
Union Minister Ramdas Athavale and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis addressed the rally too.
BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidates from Latur and Osmanabad Lok Sabha seats were present in the rally as well.