Raj Thackeray bidding on BJP, silent on common man’s issues: NCP leader Sharad Pawar
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar has claimed Maharashtra Navnirman Sena founder Raj Thackeray is doing BJP bidding instead of talking about the problems faced by the common man. He said the MNS leader did not utter a single word about the BJP but targeted the Nationalist Congress Party, a key component of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi tripartite government.
“He tried to fulfill the responsibility that the BJP had given him,” Pawar added. “Obviously we could hear through his (Raj Thackeray) speech that the BJP guided him,” Pawar said.
“It’s time to talk about inflation and unemployment, but no one is talking about it,” Pawar said. However, he added that Raj Thackeray did not speak on these issues.
Pawar claimed that Raj Thackeray was bidding for the BJP, a day after the MNS chairman pleaded for the Uniform Civil Code and stressed the need to control population growth in the country.
He also rejected Raj Thackeray’s claim that he (Pawar) is an atheist. “I go to temples but I don’t believe in showing off,” the NCP leader told reporters. Pawar alleged that attempts are made to disrupt social unity in Maharashtra and communal ideology is promoted in the state.
Addressing a rally in Thane on Tuesday night, Raj Thackeray said that if the Shiv Sena-led state government did not remove high-decibel loudspeakers from mosques by May 3, MNS workers would play the Hanuman Chalisa in front of the mosques. Pawar attacked Raj Thackeray for threatening the state government to remove loudspeakers from mosques. He said the state government should deal with it firmly. “The government will seriously consider this,” he added.
Pawar also called “childish” Raj Thackeray’s claim that the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the family members of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, but not the cousin of the latter, Supriya Sule, who is the daughter of Pawar’s eldest. Ajit Pawar is Sharad Pawar’s nephew.
Hitting the head of the MNS, Pawar said people need not take seriously the statements of a person who makes a statement once every six months or a year. “An attempt is being made to disrupt social unity in Maharashtra and communal ideology is being promoted. I appeal to people not to fall prey to such measures aimed at jeopardizing peace,” Pawar said.
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Posted: Wednesday April 13th 2022, 9:16 PM IST