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2019 polls to decide fate of democracy: Raj Thackeray


Satara (Maharashtra), Apr 17 (IANS): Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray on Wednesday warned the people of the country to beware as the 2019 parliamentary elections outcome would decide whether democracy will survive or pave the way for autocracy.

Targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah at a large rally here, he said that they have displayed "all signs of autocracy, curbing freedom of speech, gagging the media and enslaving the masses as was done by the German Chancellor Adolf Hitler.

"Modi has been only speaking lies since five years. You must be on guard now and ensure that neither the BJP nor its allies are voted back to power for safeguarding your future," Thackeray cautioned.

He said that during his entire tenure, Modi has been speaking a lot about the previous governments, but not a word about his own five-year tenure, the dreams of Make in India, Skill India, Startup India, Swachh Bharat, etc.

"Demonetisation gobbled up four-and-half to five crore jobs in the country, Goods & Services Tax killed businesses. Spiking the Rs 500-Rs 1000 notes only benefited the BJP. It is blowing money during the Lok Sabha elections and all the Assembly elections held in the past five years. It has built a lavish 7-star party headquarters. From where has all this money come?" Thackeray said, amidst rounds of applause.

Playing relevant video clips of Modi before and after he became Prime Minister, he said when he (Modi) was in opposition, he questioned then Prime Minster Manmohan Singh how did RDX come into India for terror attacks.

"But he has not answered from where the RDX -- which killed 40 troopers in the Pulwama attacks of February 14 -- came into the country? Modi asked Singh to avenge one Indian soldier by killing four Pakistanis, but he himself invited Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif for his swearing-in, went to celebrate (Sharif's) birthday. Was it really necessary?" Thackeray demanded.

He said that the maximum number of Indian soldiers have been killed on the borders in the past five years, but Modi never showed remorse, he and others like BJP Maharashtra MLC Prashant Paricharak have "insulted" our jawans many times in the past, but now politically exploiting their sacrifices to seek votes.

"For all this, Modi should apologise to the armed forces," Thackeray said, adding that the maximum number of soldiers from the state hail from Satara.

Referring to taunts by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other BJP leaders on why the MNS was organising rallies in the state although it was not contesting the elections, Raj hit back: "It doesn't mean I cannot speak against the injustice meted out by Modi-Shah in the country. I will expose in the public domain all the falsehoods perpetrated by them in past five years."

He pointed out that it was Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who first opposed the Mughals and the British rulers. "So why can't a Maharashtrian be the first to speak out against the despotism of Modi-Shah?"

Thackeray called upon the people to exercise their franchise with extreme caution as it would decide the very future of democracy and their own freedom.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 19 2019

    The writing is on the wall. I am sure the Big Business men would have realised the winds of change sweeping across the nation and the growing anger of the common man against the Modi Sarkar. Coming as such from Mukesh Ambani whose brother has been at the receiving end of Rahul gandhi's attack on Modi La Rafale Scam speaks volumes of the impending Doom of the Modi Sarkar.

    The Bells have started tolling fo the Modi Sarkar. This is the pathetic track ecord of the Modi Sarkar.

    "This government has been a failure on all fronts and has inflicted pain and misery on the people through its reckless decisions of demonetisation and hasty imposition of a flawed GST, demonetization and GST disrupted the economy, trade and industry, led to closure of lakhs of factories and tens of millions of workers lost their jobs and livelihood. The unprecedented joblessness, agrarian crisis and distress of farmers and agricultural laborers are issues of grave national concern. The Modi government is guilty of monumental mismanagement of the Indian economy.

    No accountability at all for corruption during the last five years. Corruption has become rampant across the country. After the next Govt is formed all the skeletons in the BJP vast array of hidden cupboards will be exposed including the Rafale Scam.

    Modi Sarkar Ko Hatao. Desh Ko Bachao. They should be made accountable for over 100 deaths in ATM Ques after the Demoitisation.

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  • Vidisha, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 18 2019

    Wow

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