[Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray with Prime Minister Modi and BJP Chief Amit Shah in a file photo.]
Mumbai: In a scathing attack on its erstwhile alliance partner Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena on Friday heaped praise on successive Congress governments and challenged the ruling party at the state and centre to list the conributions of Narendra Modi as prime minister.
The Shiv Sena also slammed Modi for his “raincoat” barb at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“Even if we accept that the Congress did some mistakes, the fact remains that the party led the country to the path of economic and industrial progress. At the time of Independence, India couldn’t even manufacture a needle.", Shiv Sena said in an editorial published in Saamna on Friday.
"What changes has Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought about in the country with all the brute majority he enjoys in the Lok Sabha is the key question?,” the Shiv Sena asked.
The party also lauded Indira Gandhi for splitting Pakistan into two in the 1971 war, Rajiv Gandhi for ushering India into the telecommunication age in the 1990s and efforts taken by P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh to revive India's economy.
“Indira Gandhi may have rejected the Wanchoo panel’s recommendation on demonetisation, but her courage was India’s armour. Her decision to nationalise major banks and scrap princes’ purses helped strengthen economy", it said.
"Moreover, she sent military tanks to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to put an end to Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale,” the Sena said.
Saamna also praised Indira Gandhi for ordering execution of Maqbool Bhat within 24 hours of the assassination of Ravindra Mhatre, India’s diplomat in the UK, by a terrorist group.
“Indiraji told the world in no uncertain terms that she would not yield to terrorism. Indira Gandhi laid down her life for the country,” said Saamna.
Praising Rajiv Gandhi for laying the foundation for the Information Technology era, the Sena said, "Rajiv was determined to give a clean administration to the country."
Praising P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh for their efforts to revive India’s economy during a critical phase, the Sena said, “If all this wasn’t done (by Modi’s Congress predecessors) then the PM would have been left to rule a banana state such as Rwanda and Somalia."