Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ ‘cloud cover’ theory on the Balakot air strike, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray said the whole world was laughing at India. Addressing a party workers camp, Thackeray sarcastically added that the United Nations has recently passed a resolution that all warring nations should go to battle during monsoon only.
“The cloud cover in monsoon will make it difficult to detect the enemy. The latest technology has been credited to Modi,” Thackeray said to laughter from party activists. He said that the “entire country has become a laughing stock in the international community”.
The recent remarks by Modi have been debated and discussed on social media platforms with scores of memes, cartoons and jokes created in the past couple of days. Attacking Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, Thackeray said that though he (Shah) had shown Modi’s academic credentials, “what the country needs is a mature, intelligent PM, not necessarily an educated one.
“See, even those persons who attacked and brought down the US WTC twins towers (September 11, 2001) were also qualified. Nobody has ever asked for our PM’s educational qualifications, but at least all expected him to be mature. Of course, if the person is also educated that’s very good,” Thackeray said.
Slamming the PM for “doling out patriotism certificates to people”, he said that there was no connection between terror and religion. “There is no ‘Hindu Terror’, no ‘Muslim Terror’ or ‘Christian Terror’. It is only terrorism, and wherever it is seen, it must be eliminated outright,” Thackeray urged. Referring to Modi’s claims and charges against the opposition, he demanded to know why Modi does not speak of his achievements in the past five years and why he had not delivered on any of his promises made in 2014.
The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies