Thackeray at a rally in Maharashtra’s Pandharpur reiterated the jibe of Rahul Gandhi and said, ‘Chowkidaar Chor hai,’ to target the BJP and said that Ram Mandir needs to be in the priority of the Center but it seems like a jumla for them.
Thackeray was making his remark other than the Rafale jet deal, on which Congress president Rahul Gandhi had cornered the BJP rather the Shiv Sena chief mentioned about the agrarian crisis and an anecdote, when he met a farmer who narrated his ordeal over pests and other issues.
Thackeray said, “The lime tree is used to make pesticides... The farmer told me that for the first time in his lifetime, he had seen a lime tree getting infested... I had told him that now, days have changed. Security persons have become thieves,” adding that “Today, security persons have themselves become thieves.”
But the Shiv Sena supremo also referred to the Rafael jet deal and questioned the clean chit given to the BJP government by the Supreme Court, as inadvertent error and misleading reports were submitted to the apex court, which eventually affected the verdict.
Thackeray said, “There have been several allegations over the Rafale fighter jet deal and I do not know how the Supreme Court has given a clean chit. But I know the Modi government has refused pay hike for jawans.”
Shiv Sena has already announced to go alone in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019.