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Uddhav lauds Modi for surgical strikes, but attacks BJP

PTI10_11_2016_000365A Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackarey during the party's annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai | PTI

Even as he congratulated the Indian Army and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the recent surgical strike across the Line of Control, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that India should not be satisfied with one such strike. "Carry out such a strike that not just PoK but entire Pakistan becomes part of India," he said.

Addressing the party's annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, Uddhav hit out at Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders for using terms like Khoon Ki Dalali and demanding proof of the LoC strike. "He (Rahul) must have learnt the word Dalali from Bofors ," he said. 

"How can you not believe when a senior and responsible army officer makes a statement?," he asked. Those who do not trust our armed forces should be charged with treason, the Sena chief added. 

Uddhav termed the critics of surgical strike as those having a 'rotten mind.' They were 'Pakistanis' among us and the water from the gutter of Lahore and Karachi flowed in their veins, he said.

"They are the children of Pakistan.. They don't have the blood of 'Bharat Mata' in their veins, but the gutter waters of Lahore and Islamabad, and such muck must be thrown away," Uddhav said.

He also demanded that a war museum be set up on land of race course in Mumbai. "Our children must know about the sacrifice of our soldiers,” he said. 

Speaking about upcoming municipal elections in Mumbai and other cities, the Sena chief dared the BJP to break its alliance with his party. "Two years ago, a 25-year-old friend (BJP) had backstabbed us... Now, decide who is your leader, stand before us and break the alliance - Then we will give you a taste of our 'surgical strike' here," he warned.

Uddhav reiterated his party's stand against Pakistani artists performing in India. Sena was the only party which consistently demanded a ban on the neighbouring country's cricketers, artistes or actors in India, he said.

"Our brave soldiers shed their red blood on the borders… Here, we roll out the red carpet for the Pakistanis," he lamented.

On the issue of Maratha reservation, Thackeray said that Shiv Sena supported Maratha community and its demands. "We have asked the chief minister to hold a one-day special session of the legislature to discuss these issues,” he said. Referring to the demand from certain quarters on amending the act for atrocities against Dalits and tribals, Uddhav said if it indeed being misused, then it should be amended and those found guilty of misuing the act should be punished. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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