Calling the Opposition “shameless” for seeking a link between the abrogation of Article 370 and the Maharashtra Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said they should ‘go drown’ for their stance, PTI reported.
Addressing a public rally in Vidarbha region for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections, Modi said, “How can they (Opposition) say that Jammu and Kashmir has nothing to do with Maharashtra? They should be ashamed of such thoughts. Don’t they have any shame? Doob maro (go drown).”
Modi also attacked the Congress and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who had accused the ruling BJP of “diverting attention from its failures by harping on Article 370 abrogation”.
“A shameless Opposition is asking what is the connection between Article 370 and Maharashtra. We are proud of the children of Maharashtra who sacrificed everything for Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The prime minister also talked about Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar, saying he had been “deprived” of India’s highest civilian honour, the ‘Bharat Ratna’. His remarks come a day after the Maharashtra BJP promised to confer the Bharat Ratna on Savarkar in its manifesto.
“Savarkar was deprived of a Bharat Ratna. It is due to his sanskar (values) that we put nationalism as the basis for nation-building,” PM Modi said.
Attacking the Opposition, the Prime Minister added that those who denied Ambedkar the Bharat Ratna were the same people who “abused and insulted” Savarkar “at every opportunity”.
In its manifesto released on Tuesday, the party pledged to honour social reformers, including Jyotirao Govindrao Phule and Savitribai Phule. “Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule ani Swatantrata Veer Savarkar yancha Bharat Ratna gaurav vhawa ya sathi prayatna karu (We will strive to honour Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule and Swatantrata Veer Savarkar with the Bharat Ratna),” says the manifesto.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Savarkar was a great revolutionary and freedom fighter… Why should we look at such great persons with a narrow political prism. Let the nation unite and graciously bestow the award which he truly deserves.”
PM Modi was campaigning in Maharashtra ahead of the October 21 election. The results of the polls will be declared on October 24.
(With inputs from PTI)