[Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan addressing a press conference in Mumbai. Also seen in the picture is Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam and President of Peoples Republican Party Prof Jogendra Kawade. (ummid.com photo)]
Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Saturday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the 'derogatory comments' he made against Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying no one in the history of independent India had ever used such a filthy language against a former prime minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while participating in the debate on the motion of thanks for the President's address, took on Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who had described demonetisation as "organised loot" and "legalised plunder", saying "the art of bathing in a bathroom with a raincoat on" is known only to the former Prime Minister as there is "no blot on him" despite "all the scams".
While addressing a press conference here in Mumbai, Chavan also slammed Modi over demonetisation and for failing to generate employment.
“Modi had said we would generate two crore employment every year and by this way, Modi government should have created more than five crore jobs till now.
"Far from new employment generation, 40 lakh people have lost their jobs since demonetisation", Chavan said.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is desperate to win the Mumbai civic body (BMC) elections scheduled to be held on Februray 21. The BMC election is also crucial for Chief Minister Fadnavis. For, the election result will decide his political future. This why he is leaving no stone unturned for the victory of party candidates.
Chavan also took a dig at Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray for inviting Hardik Patel, Gujarat Patidar leader, to campaign for Sena candidates in Mumbai.
"It seems that Thackeray has lost faith in 'Marathi manoos'. This is why he is taking support of Hardik Patel", Chavan said.
Ridiculing the Shiv Sena decision to part ways with the BJP and contest the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections alone, Chavan asked, “Why they are in alliance at the centre and state if they are blaming each other a party of goons and party of extortionists. Why Modi has not yet fired a single Sena minister from the government and Sena has not yet taken out its support from the government."
"This is a mere drama the two parties are playing like a joker", Chavan said.
“Shiv Sena and BJP have made several promises in their 2012 manifesto. But, they have not fulfilled a single promise. Now they are criticizing each other to conceal their failure", Chavan said.
"They never thought about the development of Mumbai despite being in power for such a long time,”he said.
[Mohammad Omair is a student of journalism. He is currently on internship.]