Hand over me Army; I'll show you the miracle within one month: Bal Thackeray
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Saturday claimed to solve all problems and set things right within a month in the country if he was handed over the charge of the Indian Army.
"Give me control of the army, I will show you miracles and set everything right within a month. Just hand over the army to me," he said in the second of his four-part interview published in his party mouthpiece 'Dopaharka Saamna'.
He also warned that he would not spare the Muslim fundamentalists who fomented trouble in the country.
When he was told that his party, Shiv Sena, was an 'army', Thackeray rued the fact that it was "unarmed". He claimed his army had only saffron flags. "Yet, we have so much influence, but I don't want only that, hoardings, banners and drums," he said.
Thackeray claimed that the violence that took place at Mumbai's Azad Maidan on Aug 11 was pre-planned.
In the article, Thackeray was also critical of the BJP. He asked, 'where were the people who paralysed Parliament'?
The 86-year-old leader Shiv Sena patriarch warned that he would not spare the perpetrators of violence and fanatic Muslims.
"After Babri Mosque demolition (of December 6, 1992), they (Muslims) started riots in Mumbai. Even during the Godhra carnage, they locked up three bogies of Sabarmati Express and burnt people, women and children, alive. Similarly, the Mumbai violence (of August 2012) was pre-planned," Thackeray asserted.
"When I come into my element, I will not allow a single fanatic Muslim to live in Maharashtra, and wherever we have party branches, right up to Jammu and Kashmir," said Thackeray.
"I have never changed my stand (on this) and will never deviate from it," he added, while reiterating his party's stance of not permitting Pakistani cricketers to play in India.
Taking a jibe at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the Maharashtra Police action of nabbing a criminal from that state, Thackeray said, "In our country, laws are made for whom, the people or dangerous terrorists? He should first think of how such terrorists could create trouble instead of raising a hue and cry over Maharashtra Police action."
He further claimed that his son Uddhav and nephew Raj were coming together.
Attacking on media, he said, "Now that the two cousins are getting closer, they (media) have started devising ways to again separate them, sow differences between them and again make them fight."
--With Agencies Inputs--
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