Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday criticised Prime minister Narendra Modi, saying that the latter is making friends with world leaders, but the nation has failed to get international support on the issue of Pakistan and China.
Slamming BJP for giving maximum time to internal politics and elections, Thackeray said it would be an injustice to the nation if the senior ally shifts its focus from the core issues.
In the second part of his interview to Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray said, “What has happened which caused a severe unrest in Kashmir and has made the dragon (China) our enemy? Are we lacking somewhere? The PM roams around the world and has made many friends. Then, why is it that nobody is openly supporting us against these enemies?”
He said, “The BJP might be considering the Shiv Sena as its number one enemy. That is why may be, Pakistan and China have been ignored? If they feel the Sena is a bigger enemy than these two nations, it is their misfortune, not mine.”
There has been nearly a month-long border standoff between India and China in the Sikkim sector, which is seen as part of Chinese coercive tactics to change the status quo. India has taken a strong stand against such a Chinese move.
According to Thackeray, China’s strength cannot be ignored and India needs to make efforts to match it.
“If the ruling party remains stuck in elections and internal politics, it will be an injustice to the nation... You can win elections anytime, you have even won them. But, a war is a war and there is China on the opposite side,” he said.
“On one hand, they (the BJP) have been able to get back Kashmir from Pakistan and on the other hand, China is trying to expand,” Thackeray said.
The environment in the country isn’t good now, the Shiv Sena chief said, referring to the issue of gau rakshaks and instances of them resorting to violence.
“On how many fronts will you be able to fight at the same time?” he asked.
Asked on his interaction with Modi during the NDA meet held before the presidential polls, Thackeray said the prime minister welcomed him with a lot of affection.
The PM requested him to sit with him to eat and affectionately asked about the wellbeing of his family members. Modi even spoke to him in Marathi, the Sena leader said.