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There is a limit to speaking lies, Raj Thackeray fires new salvo at Modi govt

Thackeray also tooka a dig at BJP president Amit Shah over his statement on the number of casualties in the Balakot strike

Sunday March 10, 2019 10:52 AM, ummid.com News Network

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Mumbai: Questioning the government's real intention ever since Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets bombed Balakot in Pakistan on February 26, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday fired fresh salvo against the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi, at the same time warning that "there could be another major terror attack ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections".

"There is a limit to speaking lies. Lies are being spoken to win elections. In a bid to win upcoming elections, there will be another Pulwama like attack within the next 1-2 months," Thackeray said while addressing party workers on the 13th Foundation Day of the MNS Saturday.

Raj Thackeray also slammed as "insult to jawans" Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that presence of Rafale jets could have added to more firepower to the February 26 raids by Air Force on a terrorist camp in Pakistan's Balakot.

"If the Prime Minister himself says that results would have been better had the country have Rafale jets, it was an insult to our jawans," he said claiming that the Indian Air Force "missed" targets it had intended to hit in Balakot because of "wrong information" provided to them by the Modi government.

Disputing that any terrorist was killed in the airstrike Raj Thackeray said had that been the case, Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman would not have been allowed to return home from captivity by Pakistan.

Taking a dig at the BJP president Amit Shah's statement on the number of casualties in the Balakot strike, the MNS chief said whether Shah was one of the the "co-pilots" who participated in the airstrike.

"Intelligence agencies had sounded off warnings before Pulwama, however they were ignored. Is the NSA not responsible if jawans were killed despite prior intelligence?" he asked.

Thackeray also alleged that the warnings issued by intelligence agencies prior to the Pulwama attack were ignored.

"40 jawans were martyred in the Pulwama attack. Should we still not ask questions? In December, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval had met his Pakistani counterpart in Bangkok. Who will tell us what transpired at the meeting?" he questioned. [With inputs frpm PTI]

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